The ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the largest political party in Russia.
The accord was inked by PDP-Laban President and Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III while in St. Petersburg for the 137th International Parliamentary Union Assembly.
United Russia is the ruling party of the Russian Federation and is backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“This is a historic moment, as it brings Russia and the Philippines closer together through relations between their ruling parties, and not just their governments,” Pimentel said in a press statement.
Pimentel said their party is open to building ties with political parties in other countries that share its “commitment to change for the welfare of the people.”
The accord between the two parties is the second memorandum with a foreign political party signed by Pimentel for PDP-Laban, the first one being the Memorandum of Agreement with the Communist Party of China signed in February.
President Rodrigo Duterte, party chairman of PDP-Laban, has rekindled ties with Russia and China as part of his administration’s independent foreign policy.
“PDP Laban is unique among political parties in the Philippines not just for its active grassroots presence and ideological discipline, but also for its efforts to boost diplomatic ties through relations with ruling parties of other countries,” Pimentel said. — Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez/RSJ, GMA News