PRRD tells Putin: Control your soldiers, spare civilians

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MANILA – Concerned about the rising death toll in the Russia-Ukraine war, President Rodrigo R. Duterte asked his “friend” Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday night to take measures to spare civilians from attacks.

Duterte, in a prerecorded Talk to the People, requested the Russian Embassy in the Philippines to relay his message to Putin, saying that it is the Russian leader’s obligation to ensure the safety of the innocent.

“Yung embassy ng Russia, kung nakikinig (The embassy of Russia, if you’re listening), I am not picking a quarrel with anybody. I said Putin is a friend of mine. But…it is your moral obligation to see to it na (that) the civilians, the innocent ones, children, the elderly, mga babae (the women)… Vulnerable masyado sila at walang — hindi sila marunong magtago, nandiyan lang sa bahay nila (They are too vulnerable and don’t know how to hide, they just stay in their homes),” he said.

He said Putin could at the very least warn the civilians to vacate their homes and transfer to “safer grounds”.

Duterte called Putin’s military’s handling of the war a “ruckus” and urged him to “control” his troops.

“The way they are handling the war everyday, pati ‘yung mga civilian, binobomba…Putin kaibigan ko man siya (even the civilians are being bombed…Putin is my friend). You are in control of everything. Anyway, you really started the ruckus there. Higpitan mo ang mga sundalo mo. Nagwawala eh (Control your soldiers. They’re running amuck),” he added.

He stated that the problem of inflated oil prices will not be solved until the Russia-Ukraine war ends.

“You have to solve the war between Ukraine and Russia before we can talk of even returning to normalcy. Sa pagka ngayon it’s a bleak picture because mukhang ayaw pa ni Putin hintuan ‘yung giyera (For now, it’s a bleak picture because it looks like Putin does not want to stop his war),” he said.

Duterte, meanwhile, clarified he is not condemning Putin but merely “sharing his sentiment.”

“I am not condemning President Putin. I am just sharing my sentiment which is also the sentiment of every human being na nandito sa kuwartong ito (in this room). It’s not the way how to fight a war,” he added.

Despite him being compared to Putin, he said he was different because he pitied the innocent for being dragged into the war.

“Maraming nagsasabi na pareho daw kami ni Putin nagpapatay. Alam mo gusto ko lang malaman ninyong Pilipino na pumapatay talaga ako. Sinabi ko ‘yan sa inyo noon pa. Pero ang pinapatay ko kriminal. Hindi ako pumapatay ng bata o matanda. Magkaiba ang mundo namin ni — ‘yung nangyayari ngayon sa Russia pati sa Amerika (A lot of people are saying that Putin and I are the same because we kill people. I want Filipinos to know that I really kill. I said this before. But I kill criminals. I do not kill children and elderly. What is happening in Russia and America is different from what is happening here),” he said.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, launched on February 24, has left thousands killed and injured, and forced over 14 million people to flee abroad.

Based on the data from the United Nations Human Rights Monitoring Mission, around 7,061 civilian casualties, with 3,381 killed and 3,680 injured across the country since the beginning of Russia’s armed attack.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.