The Philippine Star - - NEWS - – Janvic Ma­teo, Jess Diaz

knows the pulse of the peo­ple. He will be able to bring the con­cerns of our peo­ple to the world stage. His ex­pe­ri­ence in the UN gives him a unique insight on how to deal with for­eign gov­ern­ments. He is def­i­nitely qual­i­fied to be our top diplo­mat,” he said.

Loc­sin will re­place out­go­ing Cayetano, who has opted to re­claim his con­gres­sional seat in Taguig, which he rep­re­sented in pre­vi­ous Con­gresses.

Cayetano has said Pres­i­dent Duterte wanted him to seek the po­si­tion of Speaker.

He and Francis Es­cud­ero gained fame as op­po­si­tion con­gress­men be­fore they were elected to the Se­nate. Es­cud­ero, who is com­plet­ing his sec­ond and last term, is run­ning for gover­nor in Sor­so­gon.

Sen­a­tors have wel­comed Loc­sin’s DFA ap­point­ment. Mem­bers of the CA have promised to speed­ily con­firm him.

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