Duterte dislikes foreign travel, but wants to visit Russia

Aaron Lozada, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 17 2016 02:49 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte is back in the Philippines after state visits to Cambodia and Singapore.

In his arrival speech in Davao City past midnight on Saturday, Duterte complained about being made to travel. 

"Sa totoo lang, I'm a guy that's not really up to traveling. I hate to travel," Duterte said. "It's tiring. I've always avoided it, but they said it's part of my duties."

(To be honest, I am a person who dislikes travelling. I hate to travel... It's tiring. I've always avoided it, but they said it's part of my duties.)

Duterte said he was advised to make the rounds of the Southeast Asian capitals. He has already visited Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. 

But despite his dislike for foreign travels, the president is willing to make an exception.

"I only limit (my travels) to my fellow ASEAN [neighbors]. If I travel again, it would be Russia," Duterte said.

Duterte earlier said that he wants to visit Russia after Russian leader Vladimir Putin invited him to Moscow.

"I welcome the invitation of President Putin to visit Russia," Duterte said during a previous press conference.

Duterte is all praises to Russia, which he considers a new found ally.

"Russia can be a very important ally," the chief executive said. "They do not insult people; they do not interfere."

The president previously said he had instructed his Cabinet secretaries to "undertake an advance visit soonest to firm up the substantive agenda with Moscow."