In 2017, Pres. Duterte promised to give "cozy house" for Russian drug traffickers

President Rodrigo Duterte has pledged two accused Russian drug traffickers will be detained in a “comfortable house”, rather than his nation’s badly over-crowded jails.

Duterte made the commitment at a meeting late Monday with Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev on the sidelines of a regional summit in Manila. “I would just like to say that we have a working functional justice system here and they will get a fair trial and that they will be detained in a comfortable house,” Duterte told Medvedev, according to an official transcript.

Duterte vows comfort for Russian drug suspects By: Agence France Presse - @inquirerdotnet Agence France-Presse / 06:48 PM November 14, 2017 SOURCE: Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook
President Rodrigo Duterte has the authority, as the "architect of foreign policy", to provide comfort to two Russian drug suspects accused of trying cocaine into the country, his spokesman said. Earlier this week, Duterte told Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that two alleged Russian drug smugglers detained by Philippine authorities will get a fair trial and "will be detained in a comfortable house."

"That is within the president's powers. That is legal," presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, a lawyer, said in an interview with radio dzMM. Roque added that Duterte had his reasons for making the assurance particularly after he met with Medvedev at the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in Manila. SOURCE:; Palace: Duterte promise of 'comfort' for Russian drug suspects legal Patricia Lourdes Viray ( - November 16, 2017 - 1:40am

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