MANILA --  The ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with United Russia, the largest party in Russia.

United Russia is the ruling party of the Russian Federation and counts Russian President Vladimir Putin among its leaders.
PDP and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III bared this on Tuesday, pointing out that it was the second memorandum with a foreign political party he signed for PDP.

The first was an accord between PDP and the Communist Party of China last February.

“This is a historic moment, as it brings Russia and the Philippines closer together through relations between their ruling parties, and not just their governments,” Pimentel said in a statement.

Pimentel said that PDP is unique for its ideological discipline and efforts to boost diplomatic ties through relations with ruling parties of other countries. 

He said the party remains open to building ties with political parties in other countries.

The Senate president is in St. Petersburg for the 137th International Parliamentary Union Assembly, as well as for talks with leaders of United Russia.

President Rodrigo Duterte, chairman of PDP, has rekindled ties with Russia and China as part of his administration’s independent foreign policy.  (PNA)