Updated 16:10 PM PHT Sat, December 3, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte has invited U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to the Philippines in 2017, according to Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.
Go said that Duterte called Trump at around 10:30 p.m. Friday, and talked with the next U.S. President for about 10 minutes. He described the talk as a "very engaging, animated conversation."
Duterte's invite pertains to the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, which the Philippines will host. Trump also invited Duterte for a visit to New York and Washington next year, the President himself said in a statement Saturday.
"He will try his best to be here. He wants to attend the Summit and that would be great for our country," Duterte said, quoting Trump.
The President has been very vocal about his misgivings about the U.S. Last October, he said that the U.S. and the European Union threatened to cut assistance to the Philippines, following accusations of human rights abuses in the county.
"Tapos sila ang nag-umpisa na [they said] 'be careful.' Lumabas 'yung (articles on) human rights, State Department, [U.S. President] Obama, EU (European Union), ginanon ako. [Translation: "They were the ones who started it, telling us to 'be careful.' Articles on human rights, the U.S. State Department, Obama, EU, those are what they did.]
"And every time they said, 'We will cut our assistance,' Sabi ko sa kanila, 'p******** ninyo, huwag niyo kaming gawing aso," he added. [Translation: "And every time they said, 'We will cut our assistance.' I told them, 'Son of a b****, do not treat us like dogs."]
During a trip to China last October, the President said that "America has lost," and that he has realigned himself with China's "ideological flow." He later clarified that he was pursuing a "separation of foreign policy" from the country's decades-old ally.
CNN Philippines Senior Correspondent Ina Andolong contributed to this report.