Singapore leaders extend congratulations to Philippine president-elect Duterte

  • Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sent their congratulations to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on his election win
  • In their letters, they pointed out the strong ties of Singapore and the Philippines, as well as their confidence in Duterte’s presidency
  • The letters from Singapore’s leaders were posted on the website of Singaporean Embassy in Manila

Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong have sent letters to incoming Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte congratulating him on his election win; Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press conference on Monday, May 30.

The letters from Singapore’s leaders to Duterte were posted on the website of Singaporean Embassy in Manila.

Both Lee and Tan, in their respective letters, pointed out the close ties between the two countries and their hopes to promote regional peace and prosperity as fellow Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members, as per an article published by GMA News.

“Singapore and the Philippines share close ties spanning many sectors, including trade and investment, culture and people-to-people exchanges.  Our bilateral relationship will reach a milestone in 2019, when we celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties. As fellow founding members of ASEAN, we cooperate closely to promote regional peace and prosperity,” Lee wrote.

“Singapore and the Philippines are old friends with strong ties.  Our countries cooperate closely in ASEAN and internationally, including at the United Nations, to promote peace, stability and prosperity,” Tan wrote.

Both Singaporean leaders have also expressed their confidence in newly elected Duterte’s leadership, as per an article published by Manila Bulletin.

In his letter, prime minister Lee noted Duterte’s landslide victory: “The strong mandate reflects the trust that your fellow Filipinos have in your leadership and vision for the Philippines.”

“I am confident that we will be able to foster closer ASEAN integration amid a complex and fast-changing global landscape,” Lee added.

Recalling his Philippines state visit in April 2014, president Tan said: “My wife and I were impressed by the economic progress of the Philippines and the resilience of the residents of Tacloban as they worked to rehabilitate their hometown from the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda,”

“I am confident that you will lead the Philippines economy to greater heights,” Singapore’s president added.

Before closing his letter, Tan invited Duterte to visit Singapore “at the earliest opportunity.”

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