Russia offers to train Pres. Duterte’s guards, share intelligence database

• Russia offered to provide enhanced training to elite guards protecting President Duterte
• Nikolay P. Patrushev also offered to give the Philippines access to its intelligence database
• President Duterte is set to visit Moscow in May

The Top Russian security official has visited President Rodrigo Duterte at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on Thursday, February 16.

During his visit, Nikolay P. Patrushev, the secretary general of Russia’s Security Council, extended an offer to provide enhanced training to the elite guards protecting President Duterte. He made the offer during a meeting with Philippine security officials.

Patrushev also suggested that the Philippines join intelligence database-sharing system to keep track of Islamist extremists and their financial transactions. An access to the database could boost the country’s efforts in combating crime and militancy.

According to ABS-CBN, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in an interview that there were very strong links between the Islamic State in the Middle East and the militants in the Philippines.

Other matters such as law enforcement cooperation like anti-piracy and anti-illegal drugs exercises by police and coast have been discussed between security officials of both countries, Lorenzana said.

The defense secretary revealed that the President is slated to visit Moscow in May.

“We are keen on signing a defense cooperation agreement,” Lorenzana said of that trip.