In a pre-departure briefing, Deputy Secretary for European Affairs Amelita Aquino said President Duterte and President Vladimir Putin will attend the exchange of several bilateral agreements covering cooperation in the fields of culture, health and basic research. “Alam mo`yung mga agreement na`to hindi nahuhulog sa langit na buo na eh. Tinatrabaho `yan bawat comma, period, to salita. About the president, I think he will talk about it because he has tulong ho`yun sa aming trabaho para maisulong ang isang bilateral labor agreement,” he added. MANILA — Representatives of President Rodrigo Duterte`s delegation in Moscow on Friday signed trade deals with their Russian counterparts. The main beneficiary of President Rodrigo Duterte`s decision to denounce the deal will be China. The VFA is the operating software for the 1951 U.S. Defense Contract for the Philippines, and without it, U.S. military personnel cannot legally operate in the Philippines. A reduced U.S.

military presence in the Philippines — no joint exercises, ship visits, and assistance in building the capabilities of the Philippine military — will give China much more freedom to assert its territorial and maritime responsibilities in the Philippines` exclusive economic zone. In the worst case, China could turn the Scarborough Shoal claimed by the Philippines into an artificial island to build a large military base. Why is this agreement necessary? Sorreta said an employment contract would first grant “legal status” to Filipinos who wanted to work in Russia. Challenges: Meanwhile, Sorreta said the continued recruitment of Filipinos, despite a limited number of work visas available, has complicated discussions on a labor agreement between the two countries. This was usually seen when Filipinos pushed their relatives and neighbors to work in Russia. Russia`s strategic benefits will not be as large as China`s, but nevertheless important. According to press reports, Russia and the Philippines are rapidly negotiating a bilateral agreement on cooperation in the field of defense, which should provide a legal framework for joint exercises between the armed forces of the two countries. So far, military cooperation between Russia and the Philippines has been limited to naval stopovers.

(Agreements like this don`t fall from the sky. Every comma, period and word is processed. As far as the President is concerned, I think he will talk about it and that our efforts to reach a bilateral working agreement will be of great help. Sorreta said the Philippines wants a bilateral labor agreement to address it and ensure the well-being of Filipinos working in Russia. It appears that Philippine officials are working with russian authorities to ensure that Filipino workers have not been imprisoned and handed over to Philippine officials for safe repatriation if necessary. 1. GJ 2015 Philippine Merchandise Total Trade (us$) 2. . . .