Duterte loves you too, Panelo tells Trump

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 26 2019 06:25 PM

Presidents Duterte and Trump during the 2017 ASEAN summit. On Wednesday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Trump told him that he “loves” Duterte, whom Trump referred to as “Frank Sinatra” during Locsin’s trip to New York. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA — The admiration US President Donald Trump has for President Rodrigo Duterte goes both ways apparently.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday said Trump told him that he “loves” Duterte, whom Trump referred to as “Frank Sinatra” during Locsin’s trip to New York for the UN General Assembly.

Responding to this, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said: “I think he (Duterte) loves him (Trump), too.”

It can be recalled that Duterte in 2017, sang during during the gala dinner for the 31st ASEAN Summit, upon the request of Trump.

Panelo added that the 2 leaders have a “mutual admiration society” since they share the same style of leadership.

“You know, if you recall the style of the President was much earlier than Trump. Bago pa nagkaroon ng Trump may Duterte na. Nagulat nga tayong lahat na ganun din ang style,” he said.

(Before there was Trump, there was already Duterte. We were all shocked that they shared the same style.)