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Gatchalian: PH, US ties on road to recovery after successful Duterte, Trump meeting

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Tirades made by President Rodrigo Duterte against the United States government can now be considered a thing of the past following the fruitful bilateral meeting United States President Donald Trump who reaffirmed hos country’s support to the Philippines.

Sen. Win Gatchalian underscored the “friendly tone” of the bilateral meeting of the two leaders in the sidelines of the ongoing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit hosted by the government.

“I hope the budding friendship between our presidents will help us turn a new page in our diplomatic relationship and spur renewed cooperation between the Philippines and the United States in key policy areas,” he said in a text message to reporters.

The chair of the Senate committees on economic affairs and energy said he US government remained as one of the country’s most important partners in trade, defense and security.

Following the assumption into office of Duterte, the administration has been leaning towards China and Russia, seeking alliances with these two countries to cushion the possible withdrawal of the US from the Philippines.

The Chief Executive in various speeches last year, have repeatedly vented out his running feud with the US due to what he perceived as undue interference on the manner he’s addressing illegal drugs and crime in the country.

This was during the incumbency of former Pres. Barack Obama who urged him to carry out his war on drugs “the right way.”

The friendly tone of the bilateral meeting between Duterte and Trump is a promising first step towards revitalizing the country’s longstanding ties with the American allies, Gatchalian said.