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Alan Peter Schramm Cayetano (born October 28, 1970) is a Filipino[2] politician and diplomat who has 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
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
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
Chair of the Philippine Senate
Blue Ribbon Committee
In office
July 23, 2007 – February 2, 2009
Preceded byJoker Arroyo
Succeeded byRichard J. Gordon
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
Member of the Philippine House of Representatives from Lone District of 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
Personal details
Alan Peter Schramm Cayetano

(1970-10-28) October 28, 1970 (age 48)[1]
Taguig, Rizal, Philippines
Political partyNacionalista
Other political
Lakas (1992–2005)
Spouse(s)Lani Lopez[1]
RelativesPia Cayetano (sister)
Lino Cayetano (brother)
Alma materUniversity of the Philippines (BA)
Ateneo de Manila University (JD)
OccupationPolitician, diplomat

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.


Early lifeEdit

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 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]

A Senate portrait of Cayetano

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.

See alsoEdit


  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.
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