Duterte Congratulates President-Elect Donald Trump, Calls for New Relations

Chris Menahan
Nov. 09, 2016

While Rody called Obama a "son of a whore," he knows President-elect Donald Trump is worthy of respect.

From The Daily Mail:
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has congratulated Donald Trump on his shock election win, saying the reality TV star can help enhance relations with the Asian country.

Duterte, who infamously told President Obama to 'go to Hell' last month, has often expressed his outrage with his administration.

Having repeatedly threatened to end his nation's alliance with Washington, he is said to be 'looking forward to working with the incoming administration'.

President Duterte hailed the success of US democratic system and the American way of life following Trump's victory over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.

The Filipino leader, who promised a crackdown on drugs before he was elected in June, blasted President Obama after he criticized Manila's anti-drugs campaign last month.

The controversial leader, dubbed 'Duterte Harry' by his critics, has faced international condemnation over the violent deaths of 3,000 suspected drug dealers or addicts over the past three months.

Duterte has threatened 'to break up with America' and instead seek closer ties with China and Russia, despite the country's long standing relations with the US.

He has previously described Washington as an unreliable ally, saying Filipino forces have not benefited from joint combat exercises with US troops.
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