Sep 10, 2017 @ 19:00

President Vladimir Putin isn’t apparently the one Russian that President Rodrigo Duterte holds in excessive regard.

In a speech on the closing plenary of the 26th Mindanao Business Conference in Cagayan de Oro City Saturday (September 9), Duterte heaped praises on Russian Ambassador to the Philippines Igor Khovaev.

“Mr. Ambassador, Igor Khovaev, is my good friend. We meet everywhere. He’s my idol, actually,” he stated.

“We met in — it was a short time, but I was in the — in his country. Eh naudlot lang po dito sa developments ng ating bayan,” Duterte added.

The President flew to Russia for a five-day official go to final May however needed to minimize his journey brief due to the preventing that erupted in Marawi City.