2 weeks Duterte lauds envoy for enhanced PH-Russia defense ties in farewell call Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte congratulated outgoing Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev for his contribution in deepening defense ties between Manila and Moscow as the envoy made his farewell call on Wednesday in Malacaang. Duterte commended Khovaev for "facilitating confidence-building activities between Philippine and Russian defense establishments through exchange of goodwill naval visits and training of Philippine law enforcement personnel, among other joint activities," according to a Palace statement. Duterte conferred on Khovaev the Order of Sikatuna, with the rank of Datu (Grand Cross), Gold Distinction. Khovaev, for his part, reit...Keep on reading: Duterte lauds envoy for ... more