Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has joined other world leaders who congratulated President-elect Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte.
Duterte, incumbent Davao City mayor, on Thursday said Trudeau called him on Tuesday afternoon.
He described their conversation as a “civil” one, wherein the Canadian leader brought up “universal declaration of human rights.”
“I said that we are partners, may we remain partners all the time,” Duterte told reporters.
He said he apologized to Trudeau for the death of Canadian hostage John Ridsdel at the hands of the Abu Sayyaf Group.
Ridsdel was beheaded in April after the bandit group’s ransom demand was not met.
“I said I’m very sorry for the incident which resulted in the killing of your national and we will try our very best and see to it that this will not happen again,” Duterte said.
“You can rest assured that when the time comes, we will be able to apprehend the criminals and exact justice,” he added.
Duterte said he thanked Trudeau for protecting Filipino workers in Canada.
“I’m aware there are Filipinos, a lot are working there, some are immigrants and I’m happy they have found protection in your labor laws,” he also told the prime minister.