PH, US sweeten soured relationship due to drug war » Manila Bulletin News



By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

The relationship between the United States and the Philippines has returned to normal after it soured due to the previous criticisms of former US President Barack Obama on President Duterte’s drug war.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (Jansen Romero / MANILA BULLETIN)

This was observation made after Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque revealed that both Duterte and US President Donald Trump seem to enjoy each other’s company while the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit continues.

According to Roque, President Duterte reiterated that the US and the Philippines have always enjoyed a good relationship but admitted to it getting sour due to Obama’s .

“Their relationship appears to be very warm, very friendly. They’ve been very candid. They have similar feelings toward former US President Barack Obama,” Roque said.

“There were indeed sour points due to the made by former US President Obama. President Trump addressed this by assuring that he is a friend of the Duterte administration since he won the US elections,” he added.

The good relationship between the two leaders was evident during the ASEAN-US Summit where Trump reduced to calling Duterte by his first name on two occasions.

“Rodrigo, I would like to commend you on your success as ASEAN chair,” Trump said.

“Rodrigo, thank you so much for how you treated all of us,” the US President as he closed his opening statement.

It was also learned that Trump has indeed urged Duterte to sing “Ikaw” with Pilita Corrales when he heard Duterte humming to the tune during the ASEAN 50th Anniversary Special Gala last night.

Presidential peace adviser Jesus Dureza shared to members of the Malacañang Press Corps how Trump teased Duterte about his singing.

“The Filipino performers were great. But the greatest performer was him,” Trump reportedly said, referring to Duterte, during their bilateral meeting today.

Duterte responded by telling Trump to practice singing, too, so they could sing a duet in the future.

According to Dureza, Trump responded with, “Great idea. I’ll do that.”

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