Senator Alan Cayetano promised to zip up his mouth as Foreign Affairs Secretary and keep away from what he referred to as a “mcirophone diplomacy” which has led to more confusion than readability in President Rodrigo Duterte’s international coverage.
“After my saying thank you confirmation, you’ll hear more from the spokesman and much, much less from me because nga hindi tayo gagamit ng ng microphone diplomacy,” stated Cayetano in a press convention in Cambodia.
“Marami sa diplomacy diba, ay negotiations eh. Give and take ‘yan. So there’s a lot of things about diplomacy that you cannot use the microphone,” he added.
Cayetano additionally promised to be more clear on the nation’s international coverage however he wished the international technique briefings with media, House , Senate and different teams held behind closed doorways.
“Trabaho namin sa gobyerno maging transparent at trabaho natin na maintindihan nung lahat ang mga policies ng gobyerno, including foreign policy. Pero ‘yung stategy ang gustong kwestyunin o gusto pag-usapan. Eh saan ka naman makakakita na nasa gitna ka ng struggle, ng laban, ipapakita mo ‘yung strategy sa buong mundo ‘no,” stated Cayetano.
“I would like to institutionalize more briefings na off the record to the media, to the Senate, to the House and to other interested groups, including think tanks so that they will know the information that we know. Because sometimes, kulang ng impormasyon. But when we do those briefings, it’s with the understanding that there are things that are not for broadcast,” he added.