Attack dog no more? Cayetano to use more diplomatic language in defending Duterte
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has no plans on keeping his mouth shut regarding issues affecting President Rodrigo Duterte, though he plans to defend the Chief Executive in a “more diplomatic language” now that he’s no longer a senator.
Following his lightning-quick confirmation hearing before the Commission on Appointments Wednesday (May 17), Cayetano acknowledged he needs to act as a diplomat now than a politiko.
“Definitely, the conversion from politician to diplomat or from public servant in general to statesman has to be there,” he told reporters.
Nevertheless, he vowed to continue speaking for Duterte, especially when he’s “ordered (kapag inutusan)” to do so.
“I will continue to speak kung tingin ko necessary but not in the political manner that was available to me while I was in the Senate… In other words, I will be using a different language, a more diplomatic language,” he said.
Cayetano recently defended the administration’s war on drugs before the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Universal Periodic Review. He denied the government has a hand in extrajudicial killings allegedly taking place in the country, and blamed Duterte’s critics for spreading misinformation about the anti-narcotics campaign.