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Duterte meets with US delegation, Goldberg

/ 08:07 PM July 19, 2016
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Monday met with Ambassadors Philip Goldberg of the United States

In this June 13, 2016 file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Ambassador Philip Goldberg of the United States who congratulated him on his election win.  (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO)

MANILA — President Duterte met with United States Ambassador Philip Goldberg and members of a US congressional delegation who visited him at the Malacañang Palace on Tuesday.

The visit was just a courtesy call and the parties exchanged pleasantries, said Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.

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The members of the congressional delegation present at the palace were Florida representative Ted Deutch, Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz, and Connecticut Senator Christopher Murphy.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Defense Assistant Secretary Raymund Jose Quilop also met with members of the US congressional delegation at the Palace.

Also on Tuesday Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle came to see the President in the Palace. Joining him was Archbishop Romulo Valles.

A palace photo shows Mr. Duterte touching Tagle’s hand to his forehead, to show respect.  SFM

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