Malacañang has lauded the Commission on Appointments’ (CA) swift affirmation of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, saying his appointment will be an enormous enhance to the nation’s worldwide relations.

“Secretary Cayetano is a welcome addition to the President’s official family,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella stated in an announcement Wednesday (May 17).

As chairman of the Senate committee on foreign relations in the 17th Congress, Abella stated Cayetano authored measures associated to foreign affairs, resembling the invoice extending the validity of the Philippine passport to 10 years, and the resolutions concurring in the ratification/accession to the Articles of Agreement of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Philippine-Japan Agreement on Social Security, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

“Secretary Cayetano’s experience and legal acumen shall enrich the leadership of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and promote and enhance our international relations with the countries of the world,” he added.

Cayetano breezed via his affirmation listening to earlier in the day, with the CA committee on foreign affairs approving his nomination even earlier than he took his seat.

The CA’s affirmation of Cayetano as Foreign Affairs Secretary means he’s thought of resigned as a senator.

Cayetano, who was President Rodrigo Duterte’s operating mate, has stated he will proceed talking for the President even when he’s now the nation’s high envoy however will use a “more diplomatic language.”