Duterte congratulates US president-elect Trump

MANILA, Philippines- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday extended his warm congratulations to Mr. Donald Trump on his recent electoral victory as President of the United States of America in a hard fought race.

In a statement released by the Presidential Communications Office, President Duterte said that the United States presidential elections is a testament to the enduring traditions of its democratic system and the American way of life. The two-party system gives American voters freedom of choice based on party platforms, not just on personalities.

“President Duterte wishes President-elect Trump success in the next four years as Chief Executive and commander-in chief of the U.S. military, and looks forward to working with the incoming administration for enhanced Philippines-US relations anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit and shared commitment to democratic ideals and the rule of law,” the statement said.

Trump became the 45th US president after beating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in what many called an “upset victory’ that neither polls nor political experts expected.

The billionaire businessman and reality television star overturned established political norms by becoming the first person to win the US presidency without any prior political experience. (PNA)