President Rodrigo Du30 said they began to look for the outgoing Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary, Alan Peter Cayetano’s replacement. This is right after the latter revealed his plan to vie for a seat in the Congress again. The President said that United Nations Ambassador, Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. might take Cayetano’s place. Locsin replied by saying that he accepted Du30’s offer.
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Trust is a Big Factor
Locsin, a lawyer, politician and former journalist, had served as the representative of the 1st district of Makati from 2001 to 2010. He talks highly of the president. He said that he can trust Du30’s decision since his uncle Chito Ayala also trusted him. Locsin believes in the Philippine leader’s wisdom when he was first appointed as the Philippine Representative to the United Nations.
Cayetano’s Last Trip before Trying His Luck at the Congress
Meanwhile, Cayetano’s Bali trip with the President for the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering would be his last overseas travel as DFA secretary. After filing his certificate of candidacy next week, Cayetano said he would not work as foreign affairs chief anymore. No more foreign trips with the President as well. This includes the ASEAN Leaders Summit in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Papua New Guinea next month.
Panelo is Set to Wear a New Hat
Also set to wear a new hat is presidential chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo. He is preparing to be the chief of the soon-to-be-organized Office of the Press Secretary (OPS). It will replace the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) of Martin Andanar. Panelo is the President’s choice head of the OPS after presidential spokesman Harry Roque bares his plan to run for senator.
Positioned as Spokesman
Current officials of the PCOO are going tender their courtesy resignation to give Panelo a fresh start. Panelo is no stranger to the task of speaking for the President. It was he who had been facing the media before Roque’s appointment. His hosting the “tete-a-tete” with the President also draws speculations that he could soon become the Presidential spokesman.
Siblings Exchanging Positions
Cayetano’s sister, Pia Cayetano, currently occupies the Taguig City-Pateros, 2nd District Congress seat. It was his position in the Congress before. She is about to file her certificate of candidacy for senator in the mid-term elections. Taking turns is quite common among siblings in politics just like Gov. Imee Marcos who is running for senator in lieu of her brother, former senator Bongbong Marcos. Others may have to run against each other. Take the case of Makati’s Abby and Junjun Binay for mayor and Jinggoy Estrada and JV Ejercito for a senatorial seat.
Dominance in Taguig Might Win a Congress Seat
Just like the Binays in Makati, Maria Laarni Lopez Cayetano also known by her nickname Lani Cayetano is the former congresswoman and the incumbent mayor of Taguig City. She is the wife of the outgoing DFA Secretary who is proud of his achievements. However, working alongside a popular president gives the latter some pros and cons among avid voters. Especially when he was a rival to the President’s choice for his successor. Running for the Congress in his territory is the best that he could do to win a seat.