Russian President Vladimir Putin and Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, photo from Facebook
Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol in his Facebook page showed off his picture with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and said it is something he treasured.

Piñol met with Putin during the bilateral meeting between the Philippines and Russia in the sidelines of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Along with him were the other Cabinet appointees of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Putin is one of the world's leaders to whom Duterte has expressed his admiration towards even before they met.

Putin is also known as one of the sternest Presidents.

"I did not miss the chance of having a photo with one of the world's most powerful men. Sec. Ernie Pernia of NEDA took the photo," the Agriculture Secretary said.

He said that Putin though known to be stern and tough, was actually a man of good humor, thus granting his request for photos.

"I will treasure this photo and I thank my President Rody Duterte.Had he not appointed me Agriculture Secretary, I would not have had the opportunity of meeting great men and women whose powers and influence shape the world we live in," he said.

The Facebook status posted on November 10, garnered a massive 50,000 likes as of writing.

Along with Duterte and Putin in the meeting was US President Donald Trumpand several leaders.

According to both Russian and Philippine President, they aimfor a stronger defense cooperation between the two countries.

Source: Manny Piñol

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