MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In a previous news story, we reported that the phone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte was cut short because the Philippines President’s mobile phone ran out of pre-paid load and data. It was during that conversation that Trump formally invited Duterte to visit the U.S. and The White House.
It now appears that Duterte’s assistant, Bong Go, offered his personal mobile phone so that the two leaders can continue their conversation.
Here’s a transcript of that second phone call:
DUTERTE: Sorry about that. My mobile phone ran out of load, data.
TRUMP: That is so Third-World!
DUTERTE: Anyway, thanks again for the invitation to visit the U.S.
TRUMP: So when can you make it here? I hope it’s ASAP.
DUTERTE: No promises, it depends on how busy I am. Visits to Russia and Israel are already on my schedule.
TRUMP: You mean to say the U.S. is less important than Russia and Israel?
DUTERTE: They love me over there. Besides, they do not have a New York Times or TIME Magazine there. Or human rights groups for that matter.
TRUMP: I already told you earlier, f*ck New York Times. I will make sure that only FOX News will cover your state visit.
DUTERTE: No, no no! I may not agree with what they say, but I will defend their right to say it. You know, like Rappler and Inquirer over here.
TRUMP: I don’t know how you do it. How can a strongman like you tolerate criticism?
DUTERTE: That’s called Democracy, my friend.
(At this point, Bong Go’s mobile phone also ran out of load and data, so the conversation ended abruptly. Again)