Duterte, Trump can be 'best friends,' congressman says

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 12 2016 08:10 PM | Updated as of Nov 13 2016 12:06 AM

MANILA, Philippines — One congressman is hoping that their common traits will bring together President Rodrigo Duterte and US president-elect Donald Trump and help to smoothen the two countries' relationship.

Kabayan Party-list Representative Harry Roque said a Trump leadership "can be good" for the Philippines because the two presidents' temperaments are alike.

“I think because of the personality similarities between President Trump and President Duterte — among others their penchant for politically incorrect i.e. sexist jokes — they could actually end up being best friends,” Roque said on ANC’s “Future Perfect.”

Trump, a real-estate mogul, was elected the 45th president of the US in a stunning win against Hillary Clinton.

Roque said that the parallels between Duterte and Trump are "good for the Philippines because there is definitely political difference between Duterte and the US now, which could be probably assuaged by personal friendships.”

Trump used a populist agenda to win the presidency, similar to Duterte.

Roque said voters nowadays are also looking for politicians who do not fit the mold of "traditional politics.”

“Apparently, voters everywhere and anywhere are tired of traditional politicians. They want someone who doesn’t fit the traditional (mold). They want someone who curses, who is politically incorrect, someone who says the wrong things to shock,” he said.