B:y Elaine Hou and Emerson Lim
Taipei, May 10 (CNA) Taiwan looks forward to working with the new government of the Philippines to
deepen relations between the two countries based on the existing foundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday, as Rodrigo Duterte appeared to have won the Philippines’ presidential election.
Unofficial tallies had given Duterte, mayor of Davao, a big lead in the May 9 election. As the counting continued, the tough-talking mayor had garnered 38.6 percent of the votes, nearly 16 percentage points ahead of the next candidate in the five-person race.
The ministry said that Taiwan and the Philippines are geographically close to each other and maintain close exchanges in trade, investment and tourism.
Taiwan “hopes to work with the new government to continue cooperation and deepen bilateral relations, based on the existing foundation,” the ministry said. [FULL STORY]