Duterte, Trump engaged in 'cordial' phone call on COVID-19 collaboration: Palace

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 20 2020 04:03 PM

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump engaged in a "cordial" phone conversation on Sunday night to discuss cooperation against the coronavirus pandemic, Malacañang said Monday.

The White House initiated the phone call which came in at 10:10 p.m. Sunday and lasted for about 18 minutes, Duterte's spokesman Harry Roque said.

“It was cordial. And it was about bilateral collaboration on COVID-19," he said.

The Duterte spokesman however refused to reveal details about the phone call between the 2 leaders.

The United States, an ally of the Philippines, has so far recorded the most number of COVID-19 cases in the world as it overtook the tally of China, where the virus originated.

The US has 742,442 cases, with 40,585 deaths.

The Philippines meanwhile has a cumulative 6,259 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Sunday. Of this number, 572 have recovered while 409 have died.