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Naging bato pa! Duterte says Cayetano better off in Senate; he’s happy with acting DFA Secretary

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President Rdorigo Duterte declared that Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, his losing running mate in the 2016 elections, is better off staying in the Senate.

Duterte’s announcement comes just days after his former dorm-mate, Jun Yasay, was rejected by the Commission on Appointments and just two months before the end of the one-year ban on appointing election losers.

“He (Cayetano) is a brilliant man, he will be needed by the Senate. Huwag ninyo walain yan,” said Duterte in a press conference in Malacanang Monday.

Although he has yet to talk to Cayetano, Duterte said he was fine with having a Foreign Affairs Secretary on an acting basis.

Duterte recently appointed Enrque Manalo as acting Foreign Affairs Secretary.

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