Cayetano

ASEAN for everyone

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:41

by Alan Robles

Why are nasty critics saying President Duterte accomplished nothing during his trips to Hong Kong, China and Cambodia? It is simply not true. Let's look at his concrete achievements:

First, he managed to get some much needed snooze time. This is an important component of the Duterte presidency. How else can the president recharge himself for his fabulous late night demented rants?

Second, his family and entourage got to do vital shopping and touring in Hong Kong.

Third, and most important, Duterte did something epic: he reshaped the world. He said he would support the membership applications of Turkey and Mongolia to ASEAN.

The discarded statement

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:10

by Alan Robles

Soon after President Duterte appointed Senator Alan Cayetano foreign affairs secretary, the foreign office (DFA) issued this statement:

"We congratulate Senator Cayetano on the President's announcement of his appointment as Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

"We look forward to working with him, and the Department is now preparing to ensure a smooth institutional transition and to continue providing our services to the public. END"

Simple and concise. Why, you can barely detect the gritted teeth.

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