Duterte softens stance on US, tells Trump: 'Mabuhay ka' | Global News

Duterte softens stance on US, tells Trump: ‘Mabuhay ka’

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 09:19 PM November 09, 2016


(UPDATED: 9:59 p.m.) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — “I don’t want to quarrel anymore, Trump is already there,” President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday before members of the Filipino community here.

Duterte seemed to softened his stance against the United States the day Republican candidate and business tycoon Donald Trump won as America’s 45th president.


He congratulated Trump after his win over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, whom President Barack Obama actively campaigned for.

“We are both foul-mouthed. We curse even the smallest things,” he added.


In his previous speeches, Duterte repeatedly lashed out at the US, threatening to sever the country’s ties with its longtime ally.

In an ambush interview, Duterte said he expects Trump to fulfill his promises to the Americans.

“I would like to congratulate President Trump for his victory and I wish he will govern the way he promised the American, people,” he said. “Mabuhay ka.”

On the future of the Philippines-US treaties, Duterte also expressed optimism. “I never wanted quarrel with anybody so I wished President Trump that he will honor our obligations and treaties with the US,” he said.

Asked if the Philippines’ relationship with the US under a Trump presidency would be improved, Duterte said, “I really don’t know because it would depend on the US.”/atm

Subscribe to our global nation newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: 2016 us presidential election, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Rodrigo Duterte, US-Philippine relations
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our global news

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.