Senator Alan Peter Cayetano admitted he type of half anticipated being named by President Rodrigo Duterte as his Foreign Affairs Secretary as a result of personally lobbied for the post.
In a press convention in Phnom Penh Cayetano mentioned: “I talked to him a few weeks ago and said na, ‘Mr. President, I think I’ve done what I can sa Senate, but it’s your choice pati ‘yung timing’.”
“Prayer namin mag-asawa talaga ay si Pangulo ang gamitin kung saan ako makakatulong sa kanyang administrasyon sa bansa,” mentioned Cayetano.
After dropping in the vice presidential race, Cayetano had made no secret about his want to move the Department of Foreign Affairs.
But two months in the past, Duterte dashed Cayetano’s hopes by declaring in a speech that he wanted his vote in the Senate. “Wala. Hindi pa namin napag-usapan. Senator Cayetano is a really sensible man.
He could be wanted by the Senate. Huwag mo walain iyan,” mentioned Duterte in a speech final March 13.
Apparently, Cayetano’s dogged pursuit of the job regardless of the piblic rejection paid off. His rabid protection of Duterte’s human rights file on the United Nations additionally boosted his probabilities.
Duterte’s former room mate Jun Yasay’s nomination as DFA head was rejected by the Commission on Appointments after he lied about his American citizenship. Duterte named DFA Undersecretary Enrique Manalo as appearing DFA Secretary.
Cayetano expects to hurdle the CA nomination with none trouble.
“I need to pass the confirmation process. It’s a nomination, not an appointment. Dahil in session kami. It’s also the way of the President and myself to give respect sa CA dahil I’m a CA member ‘no. So instead of being an acting Secretary or waiting for the session to end para maging ad interim appointment, we’re submitting the nomination or Malacañang is submitting the nomination to the CA. So until that time ‘no, I’ll still serving be in the Senate,” mentioned Cayetano.
“The nomination has been signed but I cannot take the office and the oath until confirmed by the Commission on Appointments. That’s why you have a statement from Senator Ping. At nagpapasalamat ako sa kanya that he’s planning a, you know, the confirmation and nakikiusap sa mga kasamahan namin dahil kasama din sa CA and we work together ‘no to speed up the process,” he added.