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Alan Peter Schramm Cayetano (born October 28, 1970) is a Filipino[2] politician and diplomat who currently serves as Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines. He has also served as the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines from 2017 to 2018. 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.


Alan Peter Cayetano
Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano 2018.jpg
Cayetano in 2018

26th Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines
Assumed office
July 22, 2019
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byGloria Macapagal Arroyo

Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Taguig City-Pateros
Assumed office
June 30, 2019
Preceded byArnel Cerafica
In office
June 30, 1998 – June 30, 2007
Preceded byDante O. Tinga
Succeeded byLani Lopez-Cayetano
Secretary of Foreign Affairs
In office
May 18, 2017 – October 17, 2018
PresidentRodrigo Duterte
Preceded byEnrique Manalo (Acting)
Succeeded byTeodoro Locsin Jr.

Senator of the Philippines
In office
June 30, 2007 – May 17, 2017
Senate positions

Chair of the Philippine Senate
Agrarian Reform Committee
In office
July 25, 2016 – May 17, 2017
Preceded byGregorio Honasan
Succeeded byCynthia Villar

Chair of the Philippine Senate
Foreign Relations Committee
In office
July 25, 2016 – May 17, 2017
Preceded byMiriam Defensor Santiago
Succeeded byLoren Legarda

Majority Floor Leader of the Senate of the Philippines
In office
July 23, 2013 – July 25, 2016
Preceded byGregorio Honasan (Acting)
Succeeded byVicente Sotto III

Minority Floor Leader of the Senate of the Philippines
In office
July 26, 2010 – July 22, 2013
Preceded byAquilino Pimentel Jr.
Succeeded byJuan Ponce Enrile

Chair of the Philippine Senate
Blue Ribbon Committee
In office
July 23, 2007 – February 2, 2009
Preceded byJoker Arroyo
Succeeded byRichard J. Gordon
Vice Mayor of Taguig
In office
June 30, 1995 – June 30, 1998
MayorIsidro Garcia
Preceded byDaniel Castillo
Member of the Municipality of Taguig Council from the 2nd district
In office
June 30, 1992 – June 30, 1995
Personal details
Born
Alan Peter Schramm Cayetano

(1970-10-28) October 28, 1970 (age 48)[1]
Mandaluyong, Philippines
NationalityFilipino
Political partyNacionalista
Other political
affiliations
Lakas (1992–2005)
Spouse(s)Lani Lopez[1]
ParentsRene Cayetano (father)
Sandra Schramm (mother)
RelativesPia Cayetano (sister)
Lino Cayetano (brother)
Rene Carl Cayetano (brother)
ResidenceTaguig
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines (BA)
Ateneo de Manila University (JD)
OccupationPolitician, diplomat
ProfessionLawyer

Cayetano is also currently the chairman of the organizing committee for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, set to take place in the Philippines and the chairman of the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc.

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Early lifeEdit

Cayetano was born in Mandaluyong 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 formerly Mayor of Taguig, and currently Congresswoman of lone district of Taguig at the House of Representatives, His older sister, Pia, is an incumbent Senator (2004–2016; 2019-present) and formerly representing the lone district of Taguig at the House of Representatives, (2016-2019), where she is also a Deputy Speaker. His youngest brother, Lino, is a film and television director, former congressman of Taguig and currently Mayor of Taguig, while his other brother Ren is a former councilor of Muntinlupa.

Political careerEdit

16th CongressEdit

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 electionsEdit

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 AffairsEdit

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]

 
Cayetano with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the former's visit to Washington D.C., September 27, 2017

In January 2018, Filipino Congressman Gary Alejano revealed that the Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano had approved the Chinese Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences to perform a scientific survey of the Rise, while disapproving a French research offer in the Philippine Rise. Under the agreement, majority of researchers must be Chinese. On the same month, China told Filipino counterparts that the Philippines has no right in the Philippine Rise. Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte's trusted spokesperson Harry Roque embraced and defended China's statement, causing outrage from various Filipino sectors.[12]

In March 2018, Cayatano reiterated that the West Philippine Sea is "disputed", despite an international court backed by the United Nations declared that the Philippines has the sole legal right on the resources of the West Philippine Sea which also deemed the Philippines as the internationally-acknowledged country with jurisdiction on the area. Presidential spokesperson Roque also called the area as 'disputed', effectively making it as the Duterte administration's policy on the West Philippine Sea. Acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, the main proponent of the West Philippine Sea case, told media that the court ruling is clear and that the Filipino foreign secretary and the presidential spokesperson themselves need to be educated more on the matter, because if they continue to call an undisputed area as disputed, China will use it as leverage against the Philippines.[13]

On 9 October 2018, President Duterte announced that Cayetano had planned to run in the May 2019 elections for the post of representative of Taguig city. He eventually resigned as Foreign Secretary on October 17, the last day of filing of certificates of candidacies.[14] He was succeeded by former Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations Teodoro Locsin Jr as Foreign Secretary on the same day.

House Speaker after the 2019 electionsEdit

On the first day of the 18th Congress of the Philippines, Cayetano was elected House Speaker after gaining 266 votes against Manila 6th District Representative Benny Abante Jr., who garnered 28 votes. Cayetano became the 22nd Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Republic of the Philippines on July 22, 2019. He was nominated by Representatives Lord Allan Jay Velasco, Martin Romualdez and Presidential Son Rep. Paolo "Pulong" Duterte. These three representatives also announced their intention to run for speaker, but President Rodrigo Duterte, hesitantly, gave his endorsement to Cayetano.

Cayetano agreed to a share his term with Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco, while the 1st District Representative of Leyte, Martin Romualdez, who was among the contenders for the office, agreed to become Majority Floor Leader. The term-sharing agreement was influenced by no less than the President.

In 2016, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano was the running mate of the President Rodrigo R. Duterte but lost to the administration bet, Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo.

House Speaker Cayetano is not new to the House of Representatives. In 1998, he was elected 1st District Representative of Taguig City, and served until 2007. That year, he ran for Senator of the Republic and successfully earned a Senate seat. He was a senator for 10 years until President Duterte appointed him in the Department of Foreign Affairs as successor of then-Foreign Sec. Perfecto Yasay after the Commission on Appointments denied Yasay's appointment as secretary of the department.

House Speaker Cayetano, in his first speech as speaker, expressed his gratitude to the President and to the members of the House of Representatives for the trust and confidence they bestowed upon him. Cayetano entered the session hall of the House of Representative with a standing ovation and a loud round of applause. After that, a pray-over was led by Rep. Eddie Villanueva. Right after his speech, the Speaker said, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all will be added unto you."

Under the term-sharing agreement, Cayetano will serve for 15 months and will be followed by Velasco in the remaining months of the 18th Congress of the Philippines.

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  12. ^ Amurao, George (January 18, 2018). "China eyes Philippines' strategic eastern shores". Asia Times. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ https://www.rappler.com/nation/197563-cayetano-disputed-west-philippine-sea-carpio
  14. ^ https://www.rappler.com/nation/213905-alan-cayetano-resigning-salvador-panelo-press-secretary

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Preceded by
Dante O. Tinga
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Lone District of Taguig City-Pateros
1998–2007
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Lani Lopez-Cayetano
Preceded by
Arnel Cerafica
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