National Security Council (NSC), Secretary Hermogenes C. Esperon Jr. told Security Council of the Russian Federation (SCRF) Secretary Nikolay P. Patrushev that Philippines is eyeing Russian defense technology.
Esperon made the remarks at the 2nd NSC-SCRF Consultations held in Moscow on May 18. The 1st NSC-SCRF Consultations was held in Davao City in February 2017.
“The Philippines is interested in looking at Russian defense technologies for its security agencies,” Esperon said. “Russia is known for its high quality yet relatively affordable equipment. It can be a reliable partner in this regard.”
Esperon also noted the growing relationship between Philippines and Russia under the Duterte administration.
“Our security relations have indeed grown since President Rodrigo Roa Duterte decided to elevate Russia to become one of our important bilateral partners. Much has been achieved in the past two years, but there is still so much room for growth. We see more avenues for enhanced security cooperation between our military and law enforcement agencies,” Esperon said.
He was joined by Department of National Defense Undersecretary Cesar B. Yano, Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Bernardo C. Florece Jr., Department of Justice Undersecretary Antonio T. Kho Jr., National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Director General Alex Paul I. Monteagudo, Philippine Coast Guard Admiral Elson Hermogino, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Officer-in-Charge Atty. Attorney Ruel M. Lasala, Philippine National Police Chief Superintendent Ma.O R. Aplasca, and Philippine Ambassador to Russia Carlos D. Sorreta.