RJ Nieto, a blogger and founder of Thinking Pinoy Facebook page with more than 500,000 followers, shared the story behind how President Vladimir Putin met with President Duterte despite his "extremely exhausting and jam-packed schedule".
However, due to the unexpected incident, Philippine President cuts short trip to Russia after learning that rebels attacked Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.
What others do not know is the story behind how President Putin met President Duterte five hours before leaving for the Philippines.
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To know more about this, kindly read Nieto's Facebook post below.
MOST POWERFUL MAN STOPS EVERYTHING FOR DUTERTEAs of this writing, Nieto's post generated more than 1,700 shares and 6,800 different reactions from his Facebook followers.
President Rody Duterte found out about the Marawi incident as soon as it happened, and he decided to fly back to the Philippines as soon as possible, but not without notifying his Russian hosts, as simply leaving the country without notice would be grossly disrespectful to our Russian friends.
Five hours before leaving for the Philippines, President Duterte's team informed Russian President Vladimir Putin of the unique and unfortunate situation. Our government asked its Russian counterpart if it's possible to have the Putin-Duterte meeting, originally scheduled a couple of days later, immediately.
Putin, who was in the faraway Russian city of Sochi, obliged. He immediately flew back to Moscow, got on a helicopter from the airport to Kremlin, and met with Duterte.
Putin, despite his extremely exhausting and jam-packed schedule, went out of his way to accommodate our humble request.
That's how much respect Pres. Putin and Russia have for us Filipinos. Yes, the Russians treated our delegation with the utmost dignity and respect.
Большое спасибо, Россия!