Secretary Cayetano is the Philippines’ current Secretary of Foreign Affairs. He is an active member of Christian Community and Interfaith Dialogue movements.
In line with the President’s independent foreign policy direction, he continues to build stronger connections with the country’s traditional allies and at the same time build promising relations with new partner nations. As the country’s top diplomat, he puts priority on the implementation of reforms to improve services for our overseas Filipinos and their families to ensure not just their protection, but also their comfort and convenience.
Just before his appointment as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, he served as co-head of the Philippine Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Philippines in May 2017.
Inspired by his late father, he started his political career at the age of 21. He has been in public service for 25 years. He has been known as a patriot, professional and dynamic leader as a Local Government Official, Representative and Senator.
He is also a devout family man, happily married to Taguig City Mayor Laarni Lopez-Cayetano and loving brother to his three siblings.
He served as Chair of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee from 2016 up to his appointment as Secretary of Foreign Affairs in May 2017.
He began his journey as a public servant in Taguig City, Metro Manila as Councilor (1992 to 1995), Vice Mayor (1998), and Member of the House of Representatives (1998-2004).
He was elected as Senator of the Republic in 2007 and has a well-earned reputation for being a staunch enemy of graft and corruption. His commitment and uncompromising stance in this crusade earned him two major Senate Committees – the Committee on Accountability of Public Officers (more popularly known as the Blue Ribbon Committee) and the Committee on Education, Arts and Culture.
He assumed the position of Senate Minority Leader during the 15th Congress (2010-2013). Focusing on economic issues this time around, he placed number 3 in the 2013 Senatorial elections and was the Senate Majority Leader during the first session of the 16th Congress (2013-2016).