By Dhel Nazario
Officials from China congratulated former Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano after his election as new House speaker, with the promise of enhancing ties with the Philippines.
In a statement on Tuesday, Beijing’s top envoy in Manila Zhao Jianhua extended the congratulatory message of Li Zhanshu, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of China.
Cayetano was called upon, together with Congressman Abraham Ng Tolentino and President Vivencio Dizon of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority of the Philippines.
Ambassador Zhao praised Cayetano for “promoting China-Philippines relations, as an old and good friend of Chinese people.”
He said that China stands ready to work jointly with him “to further deepen exchanges” and “cooperation between legislatures, towards more amicable and brighter bilateral relations.”
Cayetano thanked China for the valuable support provided for the Philippine economic and social development.
He mentioned in the statement that he “would firmly follow a friendly policy” towards China, bringing Philippines-China relationship of Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation “to a new high.”
Cayetano also expressed his pleasure to receive a congratulatory message from State Councilor Wang Yi which was extended by the Chinese Ambassador.