By Roy Mabasa
The Philippine government extended its felicitations to Mike Pompeo on his designation as the new United States Secretary of State and said it looks forward to working with him and further strengthening the special relationship between Manila and Washington.
At the same time, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano expressed confidence “of more cooperation and collaboration with Washington with Secretary-designate Pompeo at the helm of the Department of State.”
Prior to his designation as State Secretary, Pompeo was the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, a post he has occupied since January 23, 2017, following his nomination by President Donald Trump. Previously, he was the member of the US House of Representatives for Kansas’s 4th congressional district (2011–17). He was also a member of the Tea Party movement within the Republican Party.
He replaces Rex Tillerson as State Secretary.
In the same statement, Secretary Cayetano praised Tillerson for being “a good friend of the Philippines” and for playing “a crucial role in strengthening our relations with the United States during his term as Secretary of State.”
“We thank Secretary Tillerson for his friendship and the support he has extended to the Philippines and the Filipino people particularly during the period when our relations with the United States were facing challenges, the foreign affairs chief said. “We pray for the best for Secretary Tillerson in all his future endeavors.”