Trump Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead, Duterte photo by Joey Dalumpines/ Presidential Photo and Biden photo grabbed from @JoeBiden/ Twitter

No drastic changes are expected in the country’s bilateral relationship with the US, whether incumbent President Donald Trump retains his seat or Democrat Joe Biden takes over, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

“You see, the state department ensures continuity as far US foreign policy is concerned. So, we don’t expect any major changes in the bilateral relations between the Philippines and the United States,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque told CNN Philippines’ The Source.

Roque said Duterte only needed “a year or two” to strengthen ties with Trump.

He also expressed confidence that Duterte can “establish an equally warm personal relations with whoever wins.”

“Even if there is a new president, I am not saying that there will be, but in case there is a new president of the United States in the person of Senator Biden, I am confident that the President can also develop close personal friendship with Mr. Biden,” Roque said.

“May the best man win as of now,” he added.

Biden has 238 electoral votes captured so far, while Trump trails closely at 213 electoral votes, according to the Associated Press.

To secure the US presidency, a candidate must seize the majority of electoral college votes or 270 electoral colleges in this year’s polls. John Ezekiel J. Hirro