Duterte tells Tillerson: I am your humble friend in Southeast Asia


“I am your humble friend in Southeast Asia,” President Rodrigo Duterte told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this afternoon in Malacañang.

Duterte was joined by the senior members of his Cabinet during the meeting, while Tillerson was accompanied by US Ambassador Sung Kim.

“We expect the President to discuss with Secretary Tillerson a wide range of relevant issues, including the security situation in Marawi, the global threat of terrorism, increasing Philippines-US economic and people-to-people engagement, Balangiga bells, among others,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said earlier.

Tillerson, along with 26 other foreign ministers, is in Manila to attend Asia’s biggest security forum, where security issues such as China’s activities in the South China Sea and North Korea’s long-range missile tests are expected to be brought up.

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