On May 17, 2016, current United States President Barack Obama gave PH President-elect Rodrigo Duterte a call to congratulate him for winning the May 9 elections and for something else. Here's what it is.
More than mere exchange of pleasantries, the two heads of states didn't waste any time and discussed the ongoing maritime and territorial dispute between the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea.
The mayor told reporters to he reassured the President of the United States (POTUS) that both the Philippines and the US are on the same page regarding the issue.
However, he made it clear that he isn't closing his doors of the possibility of holding bilateral talks with China despite the pending cases before a United Nations arbitration court.
Duterte added that Obama advised him to wait for the ruling of the Netherlands-based Permanent Court of Arbitration.
When asked to describe his phone conversation with Obama, President Duterte said it was cordial and a huge honor to have spoken with the US President, who happened to be the first head of state to congratulate him.
In a statement, the White House said Obama