Go: Duterte Moscow visit to strengthen PH, Russia relations

September 30, 2019

SENATOR Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said the Philippines expects to sign several agreements covering practical areas of cooperation with Russia during President Rodrigo Duterte’s five-day visit to Moscow.  

Go bared Duterte will have a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

Duterte will also attend the Valdai Forum in Sochi along with Putin.

“I’m sure marami silang pag-uusapan to improve the relations between our two countries and malaki rin po ang tulong ng bansang Russia dun sa giyera sa Marawi,” Go said.

Go added the leaders are expected to discuss issues on security and defense, economic cooperation, and trade and investment, among others.

“Layunin ng visits ang mas paigtingin ang relasyon ng Pilipinas sa Russia. Malawak at marami ang oportunidad. Maganda rin na magkaibigan na sina Pangulong Duterte at Pangulong Putin. I was there during their first bilateral (meeting). They’re very good friends. Nagkakaintindihan po sila. They are both strong leaders,” Go said.

Meanwhile, in keeping with his promise to help fellow Filipinos in need, Go continues to visit fire victims in various areas around the country and address the struggles of ordinary Filipinos.

On Sunday, Go visited 31 affected families of a fire that razed over 28 houses in Bgy. Macabling in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna.

“Pitong araw naman sa isang linggo, apat na araw sa Senado, sa mga ganitong araw po na pwede akong magpahinga, hindi na po ako magpapahinga, ilalaan ko na lang po sa mga tao. Representative kami ng mga tao, importante marinig po ang hinaing nila, tulad dito sa mga nasunugan at maiparating agad sa taas kung may problema,” said Go.

Go provided financial assistance and distributed food as well as grocery packs to the fire victims. He also committed to give uniforms and school supplies to students affected by the incident.

The senator was accompanied by representatives of concerned government agencies that can extend assistance to the fire victims, such as the National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the  Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP).

Go vowed to take care of the transportation and other fees of those who need medical assistance and further check-ups from health specialists.

“Sabi ko nga, kung sino ang gustong magpagamot, at kailangan ng espesyalista, dadalhin ko po sa Maynila at ako na po magpapagamot sa kanila. Ako na magpapaopera sa kanila. May mga Malasakit Centers din tayo,” Go said.