MANILA, Philippines – The congressional Commission on Appointments (CA) affirmed the nomination of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano as the nation’s top diplomat.
The CA committees on foreign affairs nominate to the plenary the confirmation of Cayetano as the new secretary of foreign affairs.
Sen. Panfilo Lacson, chair of the CA committee on foreign affairs, said that Cayetano’s affirmation hearing was the quickest ever.
Cayetano was affirmed even before he conveyed his opening statement.
The new foreign affairs secretary said that he would need to make adjustments taking after his conversion from a politician to a diplomat.
“I will continue to speak kung necessary but not in the political manner that was available to me in the Senate because as chief diplomat, kailangan ko rin isaalang-alang ‘yung departamento at yung relationships natin sa ibang bansa. So in other words, I will be using a different language, a more diplomatic language,” Cayetano said in an ambush interview.
Cayetano quoted his participation amid the Universal Periodic Review by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland a week ago as a sample of his diplomatic approach.
The senator led the Philippine delegation amid the review, displaying the human rights situation in the nation before member states of the UN.
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“Nakita n’yo naman ‘yung pagpresent natin ng human rights record natin sa Geneva ‘di ba. We are able to say what the president wants to say but in a diplomatic setting and a diplomatic language,” Cayetano said.
President Rodrigo Duterte declared the appointment of Cayetano, his former running mate and close ally, instantly after the one-year ban on the appointment of losing bets in the May 9, 2016 elections was lifted.
The board earlier rejected the arrangement of Perfecto Yasay Jr. as secretary of foreign affairs after of lying about his citizenship status.