Find out who Alan Cayetano thinks will replace him as Duterte’s defender and microphone hog in the Senate
Senator Alan Cayetano has seven names on top his head who can feel his big shoes as President Rodrigo Duterte’s rabid defender in the Senate after getting his nomination as Foreign Affairs Secretary.
“The President is in good hands sa present Senate…You gave me too much credit kasi I hold the microphone eh, ” said Cayetano In a press conference in Phnom Penh.
Cayetano said his possible successors Duterte defenders were Senate President Koko Pimentel, Majority Leader Tito Sotto and Senators Panfilo Lacson, Migz Zubiri, Manny Pacquiao, Sherwin Gatchalian and Joel Villanueva.
“Marami. You know, si Senator Koko, iba lang ang kanyang style. Tapos si Majority Leader Sotto, pagdating sa legislation, siya naman magpu-push. Si Senator Ping and Senator Gordon can give fiery criticisms just like FVR (former President Fidel V. Ramos) but they want this administration to succeed,” said Cayetano.
“Pagdating naman sa actual work, ‘di ba, of course nandiyan… I mean sa legislative work, si Sen. Migz was dating majority leader. Si Manny Pacquiao is showing na kahit neophyte na, ang dami na niyang na-knockout. And I think he is really studying how to deal with national problems. Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva ,” he added.
Cayetano, whose second and last term as Senator would end in 2019, said he was looking forward to a different challenge as a Cabinet Secretary.
“The bigger challenge for me now is if politicians like microphones, diplomats should not engage in microphone diplomacy eh. Kasi iba ‘yung nag-iimplement ka ng strategy, iba ‘yung nagki-criticize or nag-aano ka ‘no. So that’s a bigger challenge for me,” said Cayetano.