The new DFA Secretary has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte, reports said.
It was then named that Alan Peter Cayetano is the new Department of Foreign Affairs or DFA Secretary.
Based on reports, the President said that he signed Cayetano’s appointment papers right before he left for Ninoy Aquino International Airport for his trips to Cambodia, Hong Kong, and China.
Cayetano on the other hand is currently in Geneva, Switzerland for the Universal Period Review of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. He was the President’s running mate in the May 2016 elections.
Prior to being appointed as DFA Secretary, Cayetano is also the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
On the other hand, Enrique Manalo who was appointed as acting Foreign Secretary in March, will resume his post as DFA Undersecretary for Policy, DFA insiders told on reports.
Manalo, a seasoned career diplomat, was concurrent Undersecretary for Policy upon his appointment as acting Secretary. He replaced Perfecto Yasay, who failed to get the approval of the bicameral Commission on Appointments when he lied about his American citizenship.
Being appointed as the new DFA Secretary, the Department of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday welcomed the appointment of Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano as its new Secretary.
“We congratulate Senator Cayetano on the President’s announcement of his appointment as Secretary of Foreign Affairs,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Robespierre Bolivar said in a statement.
“We look forward to working with him, and the Department is now preparing to ensure a smooth institutional transition and to continue providing our services to the public.”
Meanwhile, it was also reported that President Duterte also announced that Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Eduardo Año will be his next secretary for the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Año was allegedly presented by the President during his pre-departure media conference at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The President was leaving for Cambodia, Hong Kong and China for a series of state visits.
Año is set to retire in October but will resume office as DILG Secretary as the post was vacated after Duterte fired Ismael Sueno last month over corruption allegations.