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Russia to help PH combat terrorism

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By Genalyn Kabiling

Russia has renewed its commit­ment to help the Philippines combat terrorism in the wake of the twin explo­sions in Jolo, Sulu.

Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev offers Russia support to help the Philippines to combat terrorism during a courtesy call on President Duterte (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev offers Russia support to help the Philippines to combat terrorism during a courtesy call on President Duterte (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Russian Ambassador to the Philip­pines Igor Khovaev relayed Moscow’s message of support and sympathy during a courtesy call on President Duterte in Malacañang Thursday afternoon.

“The Russian ambassador reiter­ated their condolences for the deaths caused by the twin explosions in Jolo and condemned the incident while re­affirming their country’s commitment to help our nation combat terrorism,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Pan­elo said in a statement.

“Russian Ambassador Khovaev likewise renewed Russia’s commit­ment to strengthen their co­operation to help our national defense and significantly improve its capabilities,” he added.

He said the Russian ambassador also expressed Russia’s plan “to build a long-term relationship with the Philip­pines based on trust and confidence.”

Panelo said the President thanked Russia for its support to the Philippines and renewed his resolve to further strengthen their bilateral relations.

“In response, PRRD reaffirmed the importance placed by the Philip­pines on its relations with Russia and renewed the commitment to further expand and deepen our country’s coop­erative ties with them,” he said.

“PRRD also thanked the Russian ambassador for the expression of sym­pathy for the lives lost in Jolo and un­derscored that the Philippines values its relations with countries that share the commitment to combat terrorism and violent extremism,” he added.

Two terror attacks hit the Jolo Ca­thedral last Sunday, leaving 22 people dead and several others wounded. The government has denounced the acts of terrorism and vowed to pursue the godless criminals behind the church blasts.

Outraged by the incident, Presi­dent Duterte has authorized the mili­tary to use land, air, and sea assets, including launching bomb strikes, to destroy the Abu Sayyaf Group believed to be behind the Jolo bomb­ings. He had earlier said authorities suspected a couple was behind the suicide attacks in Jolo.

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