Duterte backs my bid to become House Speaker – Cayetano
Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday said that President Rodrigo Duterte supports his bid to become the next House speaker in the 18th Congress.
“I will not leave DFA unless it was OK with him,” Cayetano told reporters after the flag retreat ceremony at the department’s consular affairs office in Pasay City.
Cayetano is running as Congressman for Taguig in the mid-term elections in May next year and admitted gunning for
the house speakership. Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Teddy Locsin Jr. has been tapped to replace Cayetano.
“I asked for it and he (President Duterte) confirmed to me and he said, ‘Go,’” Cayetano said, adding he is scheduled to file his
certificate of candidacy on Wednesday next week.
Cayetano, a former congressman and senator before assuming the post as Foreign Secretary, ran as Duterte’s running mate in
the 2016 polls, but lost. He became Foreign Secretary in May 2017.
Cayetano said he decided to run again for a seat in the lower house after the President’s trip to Israel and Jordan.
He said he is confident of getting the leadership in the House, saying the President already gave him his blessing.
Cayetano said Duterte was at first hesitant to release him as DFA Chief, refering to his surprising accomplishments and the changes
he has established at the division continually tormented by visa application booking troubles.
“We have better international ID benefits under my term, decreasing the sitting tight time for an application arrangement from three months
to about fourteen days. What’s more, two weeks is no little accomplishment,” he said.
On the other hand Duterte, Cayetano stated, yielded and guaranteed to help him after their “heart-to-heart” talk where he educated him of his choice
to keep running for Congress and to wind up speaker of the house.
Cayetano said Duterte additionally quickly acknowledged the selection of Teddy Locsin Jr. at the point when the emissary’s name was said as a substitution.
“When we said the name of Teddy Boy. he helped up,” Cayetano said. “I think the disposition, course, the reasoning of the Secretary-assign is exceptionally
the equivalent. Be that as it may, I can promise you he even has preferable hard working attitudes over me.”
Cayetano trusts Locsin, a previous writer, administrator and an attorney, is “tailor-fit” for the activity.
“He is substantially more well-perused, considerably more experienced, he was in the Cabinet of (previous President) Cory Aquino,
his my father’s law accomplice, he work with two ages of Cayetanos,” he said.
“He will execute the President’s free outside arrangement, however I trust he will have his own methodology and
identity in applying autonomous remote strategy.
I anticipate the colossal things he will improve the situation the office and for the nation.”
Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario respected Locsin’s arrangement at the DFA, saying his “multi-restraine order.
Abilities joined with individual conviction towards
Hence, propelling our national enthusiasm consistently will have the capacity to successfully advance our country’s
characterized outside approach incorporating the advancement of our national
security, improvement of our financial tact and the advancement of the welfare of our Filipinos abroad.”
“As a legal counselor, columnist, agent, legislator and negotiator, Ambassador Locsin known to very insightful,
eloquent and free disapproved,” Del Rosario said in an announcement.
Previous Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Jesus Yabes, then again, said Locsin is “very qualified” for the post as his “scholarly ability is of the most noteworthy gauge.”
“He is a productive essayist and scholarly student of history that the DFA seems to have come up short on these earlier years.
He is a staunch supporter of a free Foreign Policy for our nation,” Yabes said.
Cayetano said he will give Locsin an extensive preparation before authoritatively giving over control of the DFA to him on Wednesday.