Duterte, Robredo congratulate US election victors

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Posted at Nov 08 2020 10:26 AM | Updated as of Nov 08 2020 12:17 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden for winning the White House race. Presidential Photo, Reuters

MANILA (UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday separately congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on his victory in the White House race.

The Philippines is committed to "further enhancing" the country's long-standing relations with the United States under the Biden administration, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

"We look forward to working closely with the new administration of President-elect Biden anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit, and shared commitment to democracy, freedom and the rule of law," he said. 

"Congratulations and we wish him all the best."

Robredo congratulated Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris, the US' first female and first African American vice president.

"Your victory is an affirmation of the shared ideals on which the long friendship between our two nations stand: democracy, civil rights, faith, and inclusivity. I pray for your success!" Robredo said in a tweet.

Biden urged unity in his first national address since he won the tense US elections and ended the historically turbulent and divisive era of Donald Trump, who has yet to concede. Harris lauded the record turnout of some 160 million people in the election.

Washington is Manila's longest and only treaty ally. The two countries trace their relations to the time the former colonized the latter before the turn of the 20th century until 1946.

When Duterte came to power in 2016, he adopted an independent foreign policy that relied less on the United States, and embraced China, the world's second largest economy, and even Russia.

--With reports from Agence France-Presse

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