Alan Peter Cayetano

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Alan Peter Cayetano
Senator Alan Peter S. Cayetano.jpg
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
May 18, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte
Preceded by Enrique Manalo (Acting)
Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 2007 – May 17, 2017
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Agrarian Reform Committee
In office
July 25, 2016 – May 17, 2017
Preceded by Gregorio Honasan
Succeeded by Cynthia Villar
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Foreign Relations Committee
In office
July 25, 2016 – May 17, 2017
Preceded by Miriam Defensor Santiago
Succeeded by Loren Legarda
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Blue Ribbon Committee
In office
July 23, 2007 – February 2, 2009
Preceded by Joker Arroyo
Succeeded by Richard J. Gordon
Majority Floor Leader of the Senate of the Philippines
In office
July 23, 2013 – July 25, 2016
Preceded by Gregorio Honasan (Acting)
Succeeded by Tito Sotto
Minority Floor Leader of the Senate of the Philippines
In office
July 26, 2010 – July 22, 2013
Preceded by Aquilino Pimentel Jr.
Succeeded by Juan Ponce Enrile
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Lone District of Taguig City-Pateros
In office
June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2007
Preceded by Dante O. Tinga
Succeeded by Lani Lopez-Cayetano
Personal details
Born Alan Peter Schramm Cayetano
(1970-10-28) October 28, 1970 (age 46)[1]
Taguig, Rizal, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Political party PDP-Laban (2016–present)
Other political
affiliations
Lakas (1992–2005)
Team PNoy (2012–2015)
Genuine Opposition (2007)
Nacionalista (2005–2016)
Spouse(s) Lani Lopez[1]
Residence Taguig
Alma mater University of the Philippines (BA)
Ateneo de Manila University (JD)
Occupation Politician, diplomat
Profession Lawyer

Alan Peter Schramm Cayetano (born October 28, 1970) is a Filipino[2] politician and diplomat who as of May 2017, serves as the Secretary of Foreign Affairs. From 2007 to 2017, he served as a Senator of the Philippines; his father, Rene Cayetano, and older sister, Pia Cayetano, were also former senators.

Cayetano is also currently the chairman of the organizing committee for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, set to take place in the Philippines.

Early life[edit]

Cayetano was born in Taguig to Senator Renato "Compañero" Cayetano and German-American former school teacher Sandra Schramm.[3] He resides with his family in Bagumbayan, Taguig. His wife, Lani Cayetano, is currently the Mayor of Taguig. His older sister, Pia, is a former Senator (2004–2016) and is currently representing the lone district of Taguig at the House of Representatives, where she is also a Deputy Speaker. His youngest brother, Lino, is a film and television director and former congressman of Taguig, while his other brother Ren is a former councilor of Muntinlupa.

Political career[edit]

16th Congress[edit]

After the 2013 elections, at the start of the 16th Congress, Cayetano was elected as the new Senate Majority Floor Leader and was likewise appointed to chair the Senate Committee on Rules.

2016 elections[edit]

In a press event held in Davao City, Senator Cayetano announced that he would seek election for Vice President in the 2016 national elections under the Nacionalista Party (Cayetano did not mention who would be his Presidential running mate).[4][5] On November 21, 2015, it was made official that Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte would be his running mate for the 2016 presidential elections. Although his running mate won the presidency, Cayetano was placed 3rd in both unofficial and official vote counts conducted by COMELEC and the Congress, respectively.

Department of Foreign Affairs[edit]

On May 10, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Cayetano was appointed as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, following the expiration of the one-year appointment ban on losing candidates of the 2016 elections.[6] Cayetano replaced acting secretary Enrique Manalo, who assumed the post in March 2017 when the Commission on Appointments's (CA) rejected President Duterte's ad interim appointment of Perfecto Yasay Jr. due to the latter's citizenship concerns.[7]

His appointment to the post by President Duterte was approved by the CA's foreign affairs committee on May 17, 2017. Upon approval of the CA's plenary, he will assume the post as foreign secretary and effectively resign from his post as senator.[8] On May 18, Cayetano was sworn in by President Duterte at the Malacañang of the South in Davao City.[9]

As Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Cayetano plans an "objective-based" approach in resolving the territorial disputes of the Philippines, which he describes as negotiation through the use of historical facts, such as the Treaty of Paris of 1898 and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, to defend the Philippines' claims.[10] He also vowed to avoid "microphone diplomacy", which he describes as the continual issuing of public statements instead of privately negotiating the issues with the parties.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Alan Peter Cayetano Biography". Senate of the Philippines. March 14, 2014. Archived from the original on 2013-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Comelec says Alan Peter a Pinoy, junks DQ bid". GMA News Online. April 24, 2007. Retrieved May 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ "The Manila Times Internet Edition - WEEKEND >The independent". Archived from the original on 2009-07-03. 
  4. ^ Viray, Patricia Lourdes (2015-09-19). "Cayetano to run for VP". Philstar. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Alan Cayetano announces 2016 VP run in Davao City". GMA News Online. 2015-09-19. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  6. ^ Reganit, Cielito (May 10, 2017). "Pres. Duterte appoints Cayetano as next DFA chief". Philippines News Agency. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  7. ^ Santos, Eimor (May 10, 2017). "Duterte appoints Cayetano as DFA chief". CNN Philippines. Retrieved May 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ "CA panel approves Cayetano appointment as DFA chief". CNN Philippines. May 17, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2017. The committee's decision [of approving Cayetano's appointment] will now be referred to the plenary, which will vote to approve or reject the [Commission of Appointments] panel's ruling. 
  9. ^ Sabillo, Kristine Angeli (May 18, 2017). "Duterte administers oath to new DFA chief Cayetano". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 
  10. ^ Punzalan, Jamaine (May 17, 2017). "After breezing through CA, Cayetano is officially DFA chief". ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 
  11. ^ Sabillo, Kristine Angeli (May 12, 2017). "New DFA Sec. Cayetano won’t use ‘microphone diplomacy’". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved May 17, 2017. 

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House of Representatives of the Philippines
Preceded by
Dante O. Tinga
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Lone District of Taguig City-Pateros
1998–2007
Succeeded by
Lani Lopez-Cayetano
Senate of the Philippines
Preceded by
Gregorio Honasan
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Agrarian Reform Committee

2016–2017
Succeeded by
Cynthia Villar
Preceded by
Miriam Defensor Santiago
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Foreign Relations Committee

2016–2017
Succeeded by
Loren Legarda
Preceded by
Joker Arroyo
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Blue Ribbon Committee

2007–2009
Succeeded by
Richard J. Gordon
Political offices
Preceded by
Aquilino Pimentel Jr.
Minority Floor Leader of the Senate of the Philippines
2010–2013
Succeeded by
Juan Ponce Enrile
Preceded by
Gregorio Honasan
Acting
Majority Floor Leader of the Senate of the Philippines
2013–2016
Succeeded by
Tito Sotto
Preceded by
Enrique Manalo
Acting
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
2017-present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Maria Lourdes Sereno
as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
Order of Precedence of the Philippines
as Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Ambassadors to the Philippines
(in order of tenure)
Succeeded by
Vacant
as Dean of the Diplomatic Corps