Hours before the new year, US Ambassador Sung Kim spoke highly of how Filipinos celebrate Christmas, which he said was an "extraordinary experience."
Kim said on Twitter: "No one celebrates Christmas quite like the Philippines. It was an extraordinary experience."
On Christmas eve, the US Embassy released a video showing Kim singing the Filipino Christmas carol "Pasko na Naman" in Filipino. He was joined by his staff, singing and dancing to celebrate the holidays.
Since Kim replaced former ambassador Philip Goldberg, Kim has toured the country and participated in local events, which he actively posts about on social media.
While Kim himself has not yet been treated to a set-down by Duterte, the president recently took another swipe at America, and said the Western superpower’s ambassadors are actually spies that are skilled at undermining the government.