New York [USA], Nov. 10 : Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to bury the hatchet with the United States after Republican Donald Trump's election to the White House as he pointed that both of them share the same trait of being brutally straightforward.
After Trump won, Duterte said that Trump has a shared trait, and that some military exercises would be back on, reports the CNN.
"We both like to swear. One little thing, we curse right away, we're the same," he said Wednesday. "I would like to congratulate President Trump. Long live!. Now we're here, I don't want to ... fight because Trump is already there," Duterte said. The traditional alliance between the United States and the Philippines strained after Duterte called President Barack Obama a "son of a bitch".
Later, during a visit to China in October, Duterte said the US alliance was over, claiming "America has lost." However, in a statement on Thursday, Philippines National Defense Secretary Delfin N.
Lorenzana said Duterte had agreed to continue military training with the United States. A meeting will be held between the US and Philippines military officials on November 22 to begin planning for next year's drills.