MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has congratulated Donald Trump for being elected as the United States’ 45th president Wednesday (Manila time).
“President Duterte wishes President-elect Trump success in the next four years as Chief Executive and commander-in-chief of the US 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,” Malacañang said in a statement.
Malacañang noted that the American presidential elections serves as a testament to the enduring traditions of its democratic system.
“The two-party system gives American voters freedom of choice based on party platforms, not just on personalities,” the statement read.
Trump rode an astonishing wave of support from voters seeking change and willing to accept a candidate loose with facts and accused of sexual misconduct.
He upset Democrat Hillary Clinton, who would have become the first woman to serve in the Oval Office.
Trump struck a populist tone and placed a hardline immigration stance at his campaign’s heart.
Trump rose to political fame after questioning whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States. He will now follow Obama into the White House. — Patricia Lourdes Viray with reports from Associated Press
Trump Business Partner Is the Philippines’ New U.S. Envoy
BANGKOK — The timing of President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines couldn’t be better. Before Donald J. Trump’s election victory, the Philippine leader had already named Mr. Trump’s business partner in Manila as a special envoy to the United States.
Mr. Duterte, whose colorful and unpredictable comments have drawn comparisons to Mr. Trump, late last month named the chairman of Century Properties Group, Jose E. B. Antonio, as an envoy to Washington for trade, investment and economic affairs, Philippine news outlets reported. Word of the appointment became public this week.
Stock in Century Properties rose 20 percent on Wednesday on the Philippine Stock Exchange on the news that Mr. Trump had been elected.