During a speaking engagement on Tuesday, the president said he has faith in whatever Trump decides to do with the illegal immigrants, the Inquirer reports.
“I trust in his judgment that he would be fair in the matter of the treatment of illegal immigrants,” he said.
Duterte also said that he could not defend the undocumented Filipinos in the US since they are in the wrong.
“I cannot talk for the illegals because, whether President Trump or anybody else for that matter, an illegal is always an illegal,” he added.
Duterte’s statement comes after Trump promised this week to deport up to three million illegal immigrants with criminal records. The rest will be screened whether they will be allowed to stay.
Duterte has recently warmed up to the upcoming US leader after repeatedly foul-mouthing outgoing President Barack Obama who has criticized the extrajudicial killings in the country.
But Duterte’s feisty temper toward the US suddenly took the backseat after Trump won in the US elections last week.
“I can always be a friend to anybody especially to the president, a chief executive of another country,” he said.