Duterte Appoints Manalo as Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary

President Rodrigo Duterte acted quickly on the Commission on Appointments’ rejection of Perfecto Yasay as foreign affairs secretary by appointing career foreign service officer Enrique Manalo as acting chief. Yasay’s nomination was rejected after he was found to have lied under oath. Manalo, however, is widely believed to be serving only in an interim capacity, with Sen. Alan Cayetano expected to take the position once the one-year ban…

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