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Back from vacation, Digong tours Russian warship docked at Port of Manila

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President Duterte toured this afternoon Russian warship, Admiral Tributs,which is on a call at the Port of Manila.

The visit is seen as an indication of Duterte’s stance to build a strong bilateral relations with Moscow– to the detriment of the country’s diplomatic relations with the United States which was affected by the President’s harsh words against US President Barack Obama and his associates for hitting his anti-drug campaign in Manila.

Duterte was given honors by the Russian Navy shortly after the president arrived at past 12 p.m. on Friday (January 9, 2017). He toured the Admiral Tributs, which is a 162 m-long Large Anti-Submarine Ship under the Pacific Fleet of the Russian Navy.

In his previous public engagements, Duterte has been very vocal about his intent ti establish better ties with Russia and China in his administration’s pivot against the United States.

Duterte did not give any speech but he was obviously pleased with what he saw on board the warship, which carried an military helicopter and armory onboard.