Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that he will speak with US counterpart Donald Trump politely, and promised to listen to him when the two world leaders meet in Manila in less than two weeks.
“I would deal with president Trump in the most righteous way, welcome him as an important leader,” Duterte said. “As a matter of fact, the important leader on this side of the planet. And I would have to also listen to him on what he has to say. My responses would be calibrated to what he would ask me.”
Duterte made headlines in the past when he cursed former President Barack Obama over human rights issues. But the Philippine president seems to like Trump, saying they are alike.
During a media event in Davao City, prior to his trip to Japan, Duterte said he would speak with trump about terrorism, drugs and North Korea when they meet on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Manila on November 12 and 13.
“The opening agenda would really be Korea,” he said. “We are worried, all of us — that, you know, Murphy’s law. If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong.”