Obama Calls Philippine President-elect Duterte, Vows Continued Alliance
U.S. President Barack Obama has called presumptive and incoming president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, congratulating him on his landslide victory in the recently concluded national elections last week.Advertisement
Even before the proclamation ceremony of the presumptive and incoming president of the Philippines slated on June 30, several foreign dignitaries all over the world have paid a courtesy visit to the president-elect of the Philippines. On late Tuesday evening, local time, Obama called Duterte via phone to congratulate the Davao City mayor for winning the presidency.
In an official statement, the White House confirmed Obama’s telephone call and conversation with the Philippine’s 16th president. According to the White House, the brief conversation centered on both country’s shared values on human rights.
“The President highlighted the enduring values that underpin our thriving alliance with the Philippines and the longstanding ties between our two peoples, including our shared commitments to democracy, human rights, rule of law, and inclusive economic growth,” the White House said in a statement.
Obama, who will be stepping down from the presidency this November, has assured, which was also affirmed by Duterte, that the two countries would continue its long and shared history of alliance.
For his part, Duterte told local reporters after the call that he was “quite honored” when the president of the most powerful country in the world personally called him. Duterte described their conversation as light and cordial.
“President Barack Obama of the United States called me to extend his best wishes and congratulations and I assured him that we will continue with our mutual interest and that we are allied with the Western [countries],” Duterte told GMA News after the brief call with Obama.
Obama was the first world leader who talked to the presumptive Philippine president after last week’s election. However, ambassadors from Japan and China have already paid a courtesy call to Duterte earlier this week. Duterte is scheduled to meet with the Russian ambassador tomorrow.