U.S. congratulates Philippines' Duterte on his apparent victory

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Posted: May 12, 2016 3:40 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department congratulated the Philippines' "presumptive" President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday and said it looked forward to deepening U.S.-Philippine ties with his incoming administration.

"The United States offers its sincerest congratulations to the people of the Philippines on the conclusion of the May 9, 2016 general elections, and to the presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte," Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said in a statement.

"The United States looks forward to continuing to deepen our bilateral partnership with the new administration as we address common challenges and issues of mutual interest."

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Alan Crosby)