11 May 2017

News Story: Philippines, Russia finish draft agreement on fighting crime

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines and Russia recently finished adopting texts for agreements that may be signed as President Rodrigo Duterte visits Moscow this month.

The delegations from the Philippines and Russia have finished the negotiations for the proposed mutual legal assistance and extradition treaty between the two countries, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Philippine delegation consisted of officials from the Department of Justice, DFA and the Philippine Embassy. The Russian team was composed of officials from the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Interior, Office of the Attorney General and Office of the President.

The two countries conducted the negotiations from April 24 to 28 at the Ministry of Justice in Russia and on April 29 at the Philippine Embassy in Moscow.

“The signing of the two agreements during the visit of President Duterte to Russia will be a significant step forward in combating the scourge of criminality, including terrorism and drug-related crimes,” Justice Undersecretary Antonio Kho said.

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