When asked for the reason of his excitement to meet the Russian President at the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summit, President Rodrigo Duterte said, 'We're similar'.
-President Duterte said that of all the world leaders he is expected to meet in Laos for the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summit, he was looking forward to meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin the most
-When asked why he was most excited to meet the Russian leader, he said that it was because they both shared similar characteristics
-President Duterte is expected to meet up with the heads of states of the US, Japan, India, and Australia for bilateral meetings
MANILA, Philippines - In the upcoming 28th and 29th ASEAN Summit in Laos, President Rodrigo Duterte said that meeting with Russian leader President Vladimir Putin is what he looks forward the most.
On the sidelines of an event with overseas Filipino workers on Wednesday, August 31 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2, Duterte said that he looked forward to meeting Putin. "Mas gusto ko si Putin (I like Putin more)"
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Watch this video of Duterte expressing his excitement to meet Putin.
When he was asked why he was excited to meet Putin, the president's response was: "Pareho kami eh ( we're similar)."
Initially, he was a bit coy about explaining why he thought Putin and he were similar but as he pulled away from reporters, Duterte said while grinning, "Baka sa girls ( Maybe when it comes to the ladies)."
Foreign media organizations have already made comparisons between Putin and Duterte as two leaders who both use an iron hand strongman style of leadership, who have both constantly expressed anti-American sentiments.
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International newsgroup CNN, have even likened Duterte, Putin and US presidential candidate Donald trump together as they all embody a "blunt, fiercely macho leadership."
This will be the first time that Duterte will be meeting other heads of states and leaders at the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summit and other related Summits in Vientiane, Laos, from September 6-8.
President Duterte is also set to have bilateral meetings with US President Barack Obama, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
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The ASEAN Summit is a semi-annual meeting held by the member of theAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations in relation to the economic and cultural development of Southeast Asian countries.