Senator Alan Cayetano has seven names on high his head who can really feel his huge sneakers as President Rodrigo Duterte’s rabid defender in the Senate after getting his nomination as Foreign Affairs Secretary.
“The President is in good hands sa present Senate…You gave me too much credit kasi I hold the microphone eh, ” mentioned Cayetano In a press convention in Phnom Penh.
Cayetano mentioned his potential successors Duterte defenders have been Senate President Koko Pimentel, Majority Leader Tito Sotto and Senators Panfilo Lacson, Migz Zubiri, Manny Pacquiao, Sherwin Gatchalian and Joel Villanueva.
“Marami. You know, si Senator Koko, iba lang ang kanyang style. Tapos si Majority Leader Sotto, pagdating sa legislation, siya naman magpu-push. Si Senator Ping and Senator Gordon can give fiery criticisms just like FVR (former President Fidel V. Ramos) but they want this administration to succeed,” mentioned Cayetano.
“Pagdating naman sa actual work, ‘di ba, of course nandiyan… I mean sa legislative work, si Sen. Migz was dating majority leader. Si Manny Pacquiao is showing na kahit neophyte na, ang dami na niyang na-knockout. And I think he is really studying how to deal with national problems. Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva ,” he added.
Cayetano, whose second and final time period as Senator would finish in 2019, mentioned he was wanting ahead to a unique problem as a Cabinet Secretary.
“The bigger challenge for me now is if politicians like microphones, diplomats should not engage in microphone diplomacy eh. Kasi iba ‘yung nag-iimplement ka ng strategy, iba ‘yung nagki-criticize or nag-aano ka ‘no. So that’s a bigger challenge for me,” mentioned Cayetano.