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Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez is set to formally begin his work in Washington, DC.

This after Romualdez presented his credentials to US President Donald Trump on November 29.

A photo tweeted by the Philippine Embassy in the US showed Trump was all smiles during his meeting Romualdez.

It was even Trump who held the envoy’s letter of credence.

Romualdez, a media executive and columnist of the Philippine Star, is known to have several contacts in the US political circles.

President Rodrigo Duterte waited for him to recover from an eye surgery before appointing him as ambassador in July.

In his Philippine Star column, Romualdez said: “My conversation with the US President lasted for about 10 minutes, wherein he was very pleased to talk about his Manila visit. He also reiterated his support for ‘President Rodrigo’ and the Philippines…During the send-off at NAIA following his visit, I wished the US president a safe trip before he boarded Air Force One, and he replied that he was looking forward to seeing me in Washington.”