MANILA - Malacañang echoed President Rodrigo Duterte's view that both him and United States President-elect Donald Trump have a "passion for service."
"The President himself has pointed out that the main similarity perhaps maybe in their yearning to serve the people and their passion for service," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.
The Palace expects that with the entry of a new US administration, both countries will "find common areas of interest."
"He will find common areas of interest and that there will be a convergence in those common areas of interest," Abella said.
Abella said the country should not be worried about Trump's protectionist policies, saying that the country has "safety nets," including the country's pivot to China.
"[Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto] Pernia Pernia has mentioned that the pivot to China was a preparation for the presidency, of the new presidency, whose protectionist policies are expected to maybe affecting remittances from abroad,” Abella said.
“But he also said -- Secretary Pernia has made mention that we too have a safety net which the President seems to have foreseen. However we do look forward to better relationships with all nations.”