The call came amid tension between the US and the Philippines after Duterte bad-mouthed the Obama administration's concerns regarding his deadly war on drugs and the execution of drug dealers and users.
The Filipino leader voiced some optimism for a better relationship with Trump, but he continues to regularly criticize Washington over what he terms our "hypocrisy."
Duterte welcomed Trump's victory saying "long live" Trump. He compared himself to the outspoken Trump and claimed that he didn't "want to quarrel anymore," because The Donald had won.
During the election campaign, Trump said the the Philippines president made comments about the United States and President Obama that showed " a lack of respect for our country," I can tell you that.
However, Trump stressed the "very important strategic location of the Philippines and criticized Obama for not taking the time to get to know world leaders.
Apparently, Trump doesn't realize that what Obama does best is campaign, not 'president.'
Duterte was elected this year due to gross disenchantment by the public. He has often said that he would sever ties with the US because he "hates" having foreign soldiers on Philippine soil. In October, when he visited China and announced his "separation" from the US he created quite a stir which he later had to walk back.
One Trump adviser said of the President-elect "He is perfectly capable of talking to Duterte in an open way without being wedded to previous policy failures. If anyone is going to be able to right the ship, it's someone with Mr. Trump's profile," [and way with small words, right?].