President Rodrigo Duterte Monday congratulated Filipino editor Maria Ressa, a strong critic of the government, days after winning the Nobel Peace Prize alongside Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov.

The presidential spokesperson, Harry Roque, sent a congratulatory message to Ressa, the first Filipino citizen to be awarded a Nobel individually.

"It is a victory for a Filipino and we are very happy for that," Roque told reporters. EFE