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Duterte assures fair treatment for 2 Russians facing drug raps

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by Xave Gregorio

Backing down from his usual hardline kill-them-all stance on persons involved in illegal drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte assured Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev that the two Russians facing drug trafficking charges will be treated fairly.

Duterte was referring to Yuri Kirdyushkin, nabbed at NAIA with P135 million of cocaine on October 2016, and Anastasia Novopashina, caught at the same airport one month after Kirdyushkin.

“I would just like to say that we have a working functional justice system here and they will get a fair trial and that they will be detained in a comfortable house,” Duterte told Medvedev.

“Whether [the charges are] true or not, we will find out but I will see to it that they are treated fairly and no additional stress on their person that will happen,” the Philippine president continued.

Duterte’s mellowed down rhetoric is a stark contrast to his statements made just days ago in front of the Filipino community in Da Nang, Vietnam.

“You f*** with my countrymen, hindi kita palulusutin. Bahala na kayong human rights,” he said.