Philippine president wants to be friends with Trump, Putin

2016-11-17 05:35
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte  (File, AP)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (File, AP)

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Manila — The Philippine president, who has been hostile to Barack Obama for criticising his deadly anti-drug crackdown, has congratulated Donald Trump for a "well-deserved victory" and says he is excited to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin at an upcoming Asia-Pacific summit.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been criticised for his foul language and the drug crackdown, gave upbeat remarks about the president-elect and Putin in a news conference late on Tuesday.

Asked whether his ties with America can improve under Trump, Duterte replied: "I'm sure, we have no quarrel. I can always be a friend to anybody."

Duterte says he has sought a meeting with Putin, who he adds also loves guns, at the APEC summit in Peru and wants their countries to be the "best of friends".

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