Teddyboy Locsin to be new Foreign Affairs chief

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin at the briefing for the members of the Philippine Delegation to the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly at the Philippine Center in New York.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 12) — Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr. is set to replace Alan Peter Cayetano as Foreign Affairs Secretary.

In a tweet early Friday morning, the UN ambassador said he accepted President Rodrigo Duterte's offer.

"I was asked I said yes; but love UN, the many friends & intellectual companions I made. But I didn't say no when asked as I didn't when he told me I was UN ambassador," Locsin said.

He added that he can trust Duterte's decision since his uncle Chito Ayala also trusted him.

The President has named Cayetano outgoing's possible replacement  upon his arrival in Davao from Southeast Asian leaders' gathering in Bali, Indonesia hours earlier.

Duterte refused to name Locsin outright, claiming that he has yet to get his permission.

"Bong, tawagan mo nga si Teddyboy Locsin, sabihin mo if pwedeng i-mention 'yung pangalan niya dito," Duterte had ordered Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.

[Translation: Bong, call Teddyboy Locsin and ask him if I can mention his name here.]

Asked if Locsin had already accepted the position, Duterte said "I don't know."

Cayetano, in a Facebook post October 10 said he will return to Congress.

 

"I thank the many members of the Senate and the House who as early as last night have welcomed my possible return to Congress and expressed their unconditional support," Cayetano said.

His sister, Pia Cayetano, is currently the Representative for Taguig City-Pateros, 2nd District, a position that he previously held.

She is expected to file her certificate of candidacy for senator in the upcoming elections.

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