PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has pledged that two Russians accused of drug trafficking will be detained in a “comfortable house.”
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.
“Whether (the allegations are) true or not, we will find out but I will see to it that they are treated fairly and no additional stress on their person that will happen.”
Yuri Kirdyushkin and Anastasia Novopashina were under investigation for drug smuggling but had not been convicted, Duterte said.
Previous news reports have said Kirdyushkin was arrested with about 10 kilos of cocaine at Manila airport on October 5 last year.
Manila airport customs police detained Novopashina in November last year after finding nearly 13 kilos of cocaine in her luggage, the reports said.
Russia’s ties with the Philippines, a long-time US ally, have been improving dramatically under Duterte.
Duterte is a self-described socialist and fan of Russian President Vladimir Putin.