MANILA, October 28, 2016 (PNA) — Senator Alan Peter Cayetano today said he has asked the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to “complain and protest the actions” of US ambassador Philip Goldberg.
”I’m writing a letter to (DFA) Secretary (Perfecto) Yasay. I informed him yesterday to complain and to protest the actions of Ambassador Goldberg,” Cayetano said in a press briefing in Malacañang.
A few days after President Rodrigo Duterte arrived last Friday from his state visit to China, Goldberg reportedly said Cayetano and Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade made “unpublicized” trips to China last June.
Tugade denied Goldberg’s claim but Cayetano admitted that he travelled to China on his own initiative.
”There is nothing fishy or suspicious about all these trips. I’m not in the executive branch to get a permit from the government. I will make a report to the Senate at the right time,” Cayetano said.
He also asked if the US embassy is spying on Philippine government officials.
”Is this an admission now they are spying on us, on a Cabinet member and a member of the Senate? Was there anything wrong, malicious of me going to anywhere, to China?” he said.
Cayetano also said the US ambassador has no right to say whether a Cabinet official like Tugade is doing publicized or unpublicized foreign trips.
”Is the US ambassador engaged in rumormongering or in false information because Secretary Tugade did not know. He had a lot of invitations. A DOTr secretary is invited by many countries, including China and Japan,” Cayetano said. (Jelly F. Musico/PNA)