Russian institute to grant Duterte’s honorary degree

After a month of the controversial declining a honorary doctorate degree from the University of the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte will accept such from Russia’s school for Diplomats.

Duterte is scheduled to be conferred an honorary doctorate by the Moscow State Institute of International Relations during his second day of Official state Visit to Russia on May 24.

This will be the first honorary doctorate that Duterte will receive as the President of the Philippines.

MGIMO for short is knows as Russia’s premier school for international relations and run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Several presidents and world leaders who were able to receive such degree include former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010, former French President Nikolas Sarkozy in 2015, Lee Kuan Yew in 2005, and the Philippines' former President Fidel V. Ramos in 1997.

After his conferment day, the President will deliver a speech in front of MIGMO’s faculty and students about his independent foreign policy.

According to Foreign Assistant Secretary Maria Cleofe Natividad earlier told media that Duterte is expected to articulate his administration’s commitment to pursue an independent foreign policy that is anchored foremost on national interest considerations.
In addition, he will also share his ideas on how to achieve peace and security, especially in the Asia Pacific Region.

Duterte will also have a interaction with the MIGMO’s student and also set to donate books to the school’s library.

Source: Rappler