Alan and Lani Cayetano: Love in the time of reelection


“Don’t worry, darling. Believe it or not, I’m still here,” Alan Peter Cayetano said amid laughter and loud teasing from INQUIRER editors and reporters as his wife, Lani, called at around midnight to find out where he was and as this paper’s staff tweeted his comments about Chiz-Heart and Kris-James.

Cayetano talked about how he and Lani handled love in the time of reelection and why he missed Team PNoy campaign rallies.

“We never sleep a night apart,” Cayetano said.

“In politics, there are many temptations and challenges so I made a pact with Lani that no matter what, I will always come home to her. That’s why I don’t join the Team PNoy [rallies] where I would have to stay overnight if she can’t be with me,” he said.

It was already past midnight but the interview continued, covering Cayetano’s campaign style, views on political dynasties and his proposed cash handout for small businesses.

He was discussing Kris Aquino’s legal tussle with former husband James Yap when his cell phone rang. It was the Mayor.

The Mayor was, of course, his wife, the mayor of Taguig City.

“You might want to tweet this. My wife [told me] not to comment too much on Kris and Chiz,” he said, amid laughter after the mayor’s call.

Wedding anniversary

It was the Cayetanos’ ninth wedding anniversary on Friday but, ironically, it gave the senator the chance to spend the night on the campaign trail, stumping through Albay province with his fellow candidates on President Aquino’s Team PNoy ticket.

But that was only because Cayetano’s wife was with him.

“I have to be home at night,” Cayetano said, explaining why he missed most of Team PNoy’s out-of-town rallies. He said he and his wife had agreed that they would always be together at the end of their work days.

“She also has her campaign to take care of,” he said, when someone suggested that he just bring his wife with him as he stumped across the country.

The Cayetanos and the administration ticket were all in Legazpi City on Friday. The couple planned to celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary with Lani’s family, which hails from nearby Tiwi in Albay, as the administration team campaigned through the Bicol region.

“It’s hard for me [to be on the campaign trail with] Team PNoy if there is no night flight. Three weeks ago when I was in Legazpi, my return flight was canceled thrice. So [Lani] called and she told me, ‘OK, you can stay there,’” Cayetano said.

Despite the night pass the mayor was giving him, Cayetano said he would rather go on a 12-hour nighttime road trip from southern Luzon than enjoy a restful evening in the countryside.

“The mayor I was with was already lending me a car so we were preparing for a 12-hour drive,” Cayetano said.

As it turned out, the Philippine Airlines plane managed to make it to Legazpi to take Cayetano and the other passengers back to Manila.

“I wanted to surprise her but she knew the members of my staff. She called each one of them and knew that I was able to catch a flight,” Cayetano said.

While a good number of married men are comfortable with business that takes them a night or two away from their spouses, such apparently isn’t the case with Cayetano, who’s campaigning on the national level for the second time.

Helping the laggards

Sen. Franklin Drilon, Team PNoy’s campaign manager, has openly called on poll front-runners like Cayetano and fellow reelectionists Sen. Loren Legarda and Sen. Francis Escudero to help the laggards like Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara, former Senators Jamby Madrigal and Ramon Magsaysay Jr., and former Akbayan Rep. Risa Hontiveros.

The four are outside the winning circle in the latest Pulse Asia poll, which shows eight administration candidates in the top 12.

It wasn’t until two weeks after the proclamation rally led by President Aquino at Plaza Miranda that Cayetano joined the team for a stump through Pampanga, just two hours from Manila.

“Tito Frank knew that I already had a campaign plan for the first two weeks,” Cayetano said, referring to his Presyo, Trabaho, Kita (PTK) Listening Tour aimed at market vendors, factory workers, public transport drivers and farmers.

“But lately I have been attending more [rallies with the team] than Chiz and Loren,” he said.

Cayetano said that even in his  radio interviews, he endorses his fellow candidates on the administration team.

“I mention one or two. It can’t be that you’ll mention them all at the same time because you’d run out of time,” Cayetano said.

“Sometimes I mention Tita Cynthia [Villar] and [Antonio] Trillanes (his colleagues in the Nacionalista Party). Sometimes Bam [Benigno Aquino IV of the Liberal Party], it depends on the topic of the interview. Sometimes Risa, because there are times I’m with her campaigning,” Cayetano said.

Decent guy

Cayetano had a lengthy endorsement for Magsaysay, a returning two-term senator who investigated corruption in the military as chair of the Senate committee on national defense and into the P728-million fertilizer fund scam as chair of the Senate committee on agriculture.

“I try to mention Magsaysay [in my interviews]… What I’m saying is that of all the candidates I’m pushing for, he’s such a decent guy, he has a good name but six years out of the public eye changes things,” Cayetano said.

“If you talk about decency in government, that’s [Jun Magsaysay],” he added.

Cayetano also has high hopes for the Liberal stalwart, who’s easily the elder statesman in the group. “Bam and Grace [Poe] were much lower [in the surveys] but they went up,” Cayetano said of the figures that show Bam Aquino and Poe in Pulse Asia’s top 12.

Does Cayetano also ask voters to vote for Liberal Party member Madrigal?

“As a group, yes. There’s no animosity. We were together on radio,” Cayetano said of the outspoken former senator.

Madrigal campaigned hard against Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar in 2010. Cayetano had heated exchanges with Madrigal in the media at that time as the party’s and Villar’s campaign spokesperson.


Asked on Twitter if he had an advice for Escudero, who’s experiencing problems with his girlfriend Heart Evangelista’s parents, Cayetano said: “It’s better to have issues with your parents-in-law than have no parents-in-law at all. Try to appreciate them.”

Cayetano said he himself had differences with his late father, former Sen. Rene Cayetano, but added that he’d rather have fights with his father than miss him after he passed on.

“So I’ll tell Chiz the same thing. I know there is a quarrel. But find a way to talk to patch things up,” he added.


Social media also sought, through the Inquirer twitter account, Cayetano’s take on the controversy between presidential sister Kris Aquino and her former husband, professional basketball player James Yap.

“My advice to Kris is to take it all in stride,” Cayetano said.

To Yap, he said: “Nothing can be solved through the courts and the media.” He suggested that Yap allow Kris and their son Bimby to take a vacation abroad, let things cool down and talk with mutual friends how things could be well again.

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  • OhDelilah

    ano toh? parang ginagamin ni cayetano ung chiz-heart issue ah! bigla nagkwento ung relationship nya na ok sila at palagi sabay sila magtulog. isip palagi sa elektyon grabe haha

    • DonkeyKong1

      obvious nga e. bigla nagkwento sya sa relationship nya. ginagamit pa ung anniversary nila hahaha user talaga para manalo…

    • fuctore

      Magkano kaya ibinabayad ng LP sa Inquirer para sa mga ganitong propaganda ng kanilang mga manok sa eleksyon? Alam kaya ng Comelec itong mga bulok na style ng mga kandidatong pulpol?

      • pammisymonds

        My mothers neighbour is working part time and averaging $9000 a month. I’m a single mum and just got my first paycheck for $6546! I still can’t believe it. I tried it out cause I got really desperate and now I couldn’t be happier. Heres what I do, — Buzz80.ℂOℳ

  • Carmoney

    break muna daw sya kasi kagod na sya mag away ung comelec sa ad limit. kailangan pa ng TV ad para manalo daw e. useless talaga…

  • SuyaMelk

    grabe ka cayetano. still waiting for you to do anything good with the funds given to you, still waiting…..

  • calixto909

    As casually posted herein: to me, my family and people now that I’m coordinating to be leaders here in Baguio city, to vote straight Team Pnoy is our slogan because we hanker that the new senate slate this year shall comprised senators favoring to buttress the matuwid na daan so that its movement towards a better Philippines not be derailed for we fear that once the senate be controlled by the UNA then chaos in the government be its price since they’ll be transformed as hostile senate in preparation for the 2016 presidential poll whereby they’ll field Binay against Roxas the protegee of Pnoy.

    The role of the hostile senate is to impede the flow of the envisioned programs of the matuwid na daan so that Aquino be made a lame duck president who won’t be smelling like a sweet rose to campaign for Roxas in 2016. I am not an LP member but merely a volunteer organizer who strongly advocates the programs of the matuwid na daan for as everyone sees and feels except of course the few detractors, it’s thriving for Aquino is an enterprising leader and a God fearing one–a rare breed and it would be a pity and a waste of opportunity if today, it shall go to naught because we elected soon to be hostile senators.

    • Dellia Villarin

      What planet are you comin from? U r blinded…Baka tuwad na Daan, double standard governance, and below standard Kung kapatid MISMO di madisiplina..ano kaya ang 90 million people…gumising ka please..y not vote for the independent candidates?..para maiba naman..Baka sakali may mangyari..give chance to others as qualified but no money to dole out…I just cn’t stomach 2 cayetanos,estradas,enriles in the senate..di ba nakakahiya yun? Parang cla LNG ang qualified sa buong Pinas?

    • boldyak

      sa panahon at mga klase ng mga politiko sa atin wala na sinasabi mo na hostile senators, which should be good para may check and balance….mga opposition o hindi, pag nakaupo na, doon yon kakampi kung saan may pera….kakagising mo lang ba?…wag mo na kaming patutsadahan sa mga sinasabi mo para iboto ang pinagkakampanya mo, isa ka ring mamboboto na kung saan ang pera doon ka…utuin mo mga katulad mo na pera lang ang habol…kakainis ang katulad mong daming satsat pero halata naman ang gustong mangyari…kailan kaya maubos lahi nyo at nga matahimik ang pinas…”the role of the hostile senate is to empede…blahblahblah”…pweeeeeee!

    • buttones

      Well thanks for the post, if I had any idea as to what you were saying I would respond but I simply do not have a clue..I really don’t. You are from Baguio City, I am not, but I do remember that place years ago, and they tell me now that it is just another urban slum- was your voice ever raised in this regard? Tell me – was it? Surely the fate of your City rides over political futures? Seems it does not… I really don’t think you care at all…..

      • ARIKUTIK

        Ang ibig niyang sabihin ay ipagbunyi at palakpakan ang mga artista ng palabas na “Daang Tuwid” kasi taga tuwad sila sa haring tuwid leeg, hindi makalingon tulad ng isang toud.
        Sa madaling salita > ipag patuloy ang namamayaning ka-Abnoyan. Iboto sina Escudero, Cayetano, Legarda at iba pang utak tuwad.

        Patuwad kasi ang masarap sa kanila. “Daang Tuwad” ….. yeheyyyyy……

  • Dellia Villarin

    I dnt vote for pinoy ..but I would have greatly appreciated him if he scrapped the PDAF..which is the only thing that will eradicate corruption…and the only way to prove his tuwid na Daan..with that pork still there, no way will his tuwid na Daan will prosper..

  • boldyak

    NO TO POLITICAL DYNASTY…mahiya naman kayo…pati police cars ninyo jan may pangalan nyo….nakikita na nangungutong na pulis sa lugar nyo, nakasakay sa police cars na may pangalan nyo…kakahiya…pweeee

  • transit03

    chiz wala kang kwenta!! nadidismaya aku sayo! suportado kpa naman namen detu sa Zamboanga… wala! :(

  • buttones

    How deliciously sweet! OMG! I think I’m going to weep….and voters believe all this tradpol trash? {Yes they do, in answer to my own pointless question, of course they do} which is why we, as a nation have not moved one single centimetre in 67 long years…. Personally I
    think the vast majority of the electorate in PH are actually clinically ‘not
    well’. 67 years of dismal failure? That has to be a record…. Sad thing is the failures keep supporting the failed under some perverse idea that it is all going to be alright on the night – sorry but it’s not. The 30% of you who don’t have a toilet to pee in, the 95% of the
    villages that don’t have paved roads, the 20% of you who don’t even have
    running water supply, and God knows how many that don’t even have a light to
    light their way to anywhere, will wake up one day, in another 67 years to find
    the situation has not changed at all…What is wrong with people? …

  • Lancer Mitsu

    hahaha, langhya, kanya-kanyang pakulo ang mga pulitiko para lang mapag usapan..even personal life, ibabandera!

  • Guest

    Bakit nagustuhan ni Alan Peter Cayetano si Lani eh mula naman sa angkan ng wala itong si Lani? Sabi nga nila mahirap pa raw sa daga yan dati.

  • Guest

    Pansinin mo tagal nang kasala si Alan and Lani pero wala pang anak. Eh kasi di naman ata ginagalaw ni Alan si misis.

  • Guest

    Dati magaspang ang balat, puro butlig ang mukha itong si Mayor Lani Cayetano, pero ngayon makinis na ang hitad. Iba na talaga pag asensado na.

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