DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said he has a similarity with US president-elect Donald Trump.
During his meeting before the Filipino community in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Wednesday night, Duterte congratulated Trump in his electoral victory and said: “Mabuhay ka. Pareho tayo nagmumura (Long live. We’re the same, we curse).”
“Konting rason lang, mura agad. Medyo pare-pareho kami (For a simple reason, we curse, we are somewhat the same),” he said.
Despite the tirades against the U.S, Duterte also said he is looking forward to working with Trump.
He also said he does not want to argue with the US anymore after Trump has won.
In a statement, the Office of the Communications Secretary said Wednesday: “President Duterte wishes President-elect Trump success in the next four years as Chief Executive and commander-in chief of the U.S. military, and looks forward to working with the incoming administration for enhanced Philippines-US relations anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit and shared commitment to democratic ideals and the rule of law,”
Duterte added that the US’ presidential elections “is a testament to the enduring traditions of its democratic system and the American way of life.”
“The two-party system gives American voters freedom of choice based on party platforms, not just on personalities,” he said.
Trump won against his presidential rival Democrat and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He is the 45th President of the United States of America. (davaotoday.com)