Former House Speaker Alan Cayetano has vowed to remain an ally of President Duterte despite his recent ouster from the House leaderships.
In a Facebook post, Cayetano said he appreciates the President’s trust and advice that there are no regrets in public service.
Duterte sent a birthday greeting to Cayetano via video, telling him not to feel bad about the recent development in the House. The Taguig congressman, who lost the top House post to Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, celebrated his 50th birthday on Oct. 28.
“Thank you Mr. President. Maraming salamat sa pagbati, pagtitiwala, at sa pagpapaalala na sa public service – there are no regrets,” he said. “I am proud to serve GOD and Country,” he said.
Cayetano also thanked Duterte for giving him a chance to serve in various government posts. He said it was a blessing to help the people especially during the pandemic.
“Proud to have stood beside you from the very beginning, and I continue to appreciate all the opportunities that have been given me – in Congress, in the Department of Foreign Affairs, and in organizing the very successful SEA Games,” he said.
Cayetano said he will remain a partner of government “every step of the way.”
“There is still a long way to go in this journey before we see your vision of a safe and comfortable life for all Filipinos become a reality – but rest assured that through GOD’S Grace we will be your partners for change, every step of the way,” he said.
In the birthday message, the President told Cayetano that he should not feel bad, saying he did his best.
“You have achieved so much and you need not really feel bad about everything that transpired during the last few days,” Duterte said.
“You did your best, and next time, given the chance, I am sure that you will succeed and do better. Today, I just want to say, Mabuhay ka! Happy birthday!” he added.