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Duterte congratulates new South Korean president

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 11:38 AM May 10, 2017
South Korean presidential candidate Moon Jae-in (C) of the Democratic Party waves his supporters as they gather to watch broadcast of the presidential election results at a park near the presidential Blue House in Seoul on May 9, 2017. Left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-In won South Korea's presidential election by a landslide on May 9, according to an exit poll, sweeping to power on a yearning for change after a tumultuous scandal.  / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je

New South Korean Presidential Moon Jae-in waves his supporters. AFP

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday congratulated the newly-elected president of the Republic of Korea.

“On behalf of the Filipino nation, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte wishes to extend his warm congratulations to Mr. Moon Jae-in on his election as the new President of the Republic of Korea (ROK),” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.

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READ: Exit poll: Landslide win for Moon in South Korea election

Moon, a human rights lawyer, won the elections after former President Park Geun-hye was impeached and jailed over corruption allegations.

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Abella said the government would continue to strengthen its ties with South Korea after Moon’s win.

“The Philippines and the Republic of Korea have strong, comprehensive and long-standing bilateral ties,” he said.

The Palace official said the Philippines and the Republic of Korea “have extensive cooperation on political, economic, cultural and people-to-people exchanges in the bilateral, regional, and multilateral spheres.”

“The Philippines is committed to further enhancing the relations with the ROK under President-elect Moon,” he said. “We wish him all the best. CBB

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