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President Rodrigo Duterte Does not Want US-Elect Trump as Enemy

Contrary to what most people expect would happen between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President-elect Donald Trump; the former seemed to tone down its quarrel with the US by congratulating the latter on his win.

President Duterte said in a statement before the Filipino community during his two-day official visit in Malaysia that he does not want to make an enemy out of the United States anymore.  He even congratulated President Trump and wished him a “long life.” He even compared himself with the newly-elected leader, who both swear with just little reasons.

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It can be recalled that President Duterte has been highly criticized over his tirades against the United States when former President Barack Obama expressed concerns over alleged extra-judicial killings. During his speech, Duterte also recounted the controversy around his quarrel with his country’s long-time ally, the US. His advisors suggested that he stop swearing at US and its leaders, particularly Obama.

In a video by Times.com, President Duterte was shown as one of the first world leaders to extend his congratulations to the newly-elected President Trump. Trump has recently won the US elections beating his close rival Hillary Clinton.

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