Obama speaks by phone with incoming Philippines president: U.S. official

Reuters News
Posted: May 17, 2016 2:43 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by telephone on Tuesday with Rodrigo Duterte, the incoming president of the Philippines, a key treaty ally of the United States in Asia, a U.S. official said.

Duterte won the largest share of the votes in a May 9 presidential election, according to an unofficial count by a poll watchdog, although the official result has yet to be confirmed.

(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)