Senator Alan Peter Cayetano knew he was going to be Foreign Affairs Secretary in late April, or greater than every week earlier than President Rodrigo Duterte made the announcement to the media.
In his May 14 column for the Philippine Star, media government Jose Manuel “Babe” Romualdez mentioned Duterte knowledgeable Cayetano of his impending appointment to the Department of Foreign Affairs through the state dinner for Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah at Malacañang on April 27.
“It was actually during the state dinner for Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah at Malacañang Palace that the president privately confirmed his choice of Alan Peter to head the Department of Foreign Affairs. The president told him, in Tagalog – “Ikaw na. Timing na lang natin (You’re it. Let’s just wait for perfect timing),” Romualdez mentioned.
The columnist mentioned he was pulled apart by Cayetano after his speak with Duterte to say they need to chat, for the reason that President had reappointed Romualdez as particular envoy to the United States.
While hypothesis about Cayetano’s appointment to the DFA has been rife since final yr, Duterte might have been cautious to announce it earlier than the ban on appointing defeated candidates ended on May 9.
The senator’s new post was solely introduced by Duterte on May 10, earlier than he went to Cambodia for an financial discussion board.
The President mentioned he signed Cayetano’s appointment papers simply earlier than he left the Palace for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.