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Cayetano feels ‘very sentimental’ on last day of Senate work

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday said he feels “very sentimental” on possibly his last day as a senator following his appointment as the new Foreign Affairs secretary.

Cayetano is expected to breeze through his Commission on Appointments (CA) confirmation hearing scheduled Wednesday, just a week after his appointment was announced.

“I am very sentimental kasi naging life’s work ko na ang legislation for the last 25 years,” Cayetano told reporters in an interview.

Cayetano said his work as Foreign Affairs secretary will allow him to “focus” compared to when he was a senator when his office is mandated to address various issues.

“Maganda naman sa serving in a department, very clear yung mandate, very clear yung policy ng President but there will be many, many things to miss at the Senate,” Cayetano said.

“There will be no separate agendas in the DFA, only one agenda, the agenda of the President,” he added.

Cayetano is a close ally of President Rodrigo Duterte. He was also Duterte’s running mate in the 2016 national elections.

Cayetano hopes to make his “valedictory speech” during the legislative session on Wednesday if and when he gets the confirmation of the CA.

“Tapusin muna natin yung confirmation process. If everything goes smoothly at awa ng Diyos it will, then I can focus on making a speech,” he said.

Cayetano will be deemed resigned once the CA confirms his nomination as Foreign Affairs secretary.

He has been a member of the Senate since 2007. Prior to that, he represented Taguig at the House of Representatives. — RSJ, GMA News