Here’s why PRRD prefers mil­i­tary men over civil­ians in gov’t posts

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In every sen­si­tive post in gov­ern­ment to­day is a re­tired mil­i­tary of­fi­cial. Which makes one won­der why Pres­i­dent Duterte is fond of ap­point­ing mil­i­tary men to key po­si­tions in gov­ern­ment most of whom have ei­ther been as­signed in Davao or worked closely with the then Davao mayor.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pres­i­dent, for­mer mil­i­tary of­fi­cers are or­ga­nized and hard­work­ing, un­like some “in­do­lent” ca­reer of­fi­cials in the bu­reau­cracy.

“The predilec­tion of pres­i­dents is leaned to­wards the mil­i­tary ei­ther it’s Aquino or Ar­royo or some­body,” the Pres­i­dent ex­plained dur­ing

ground-break­ing rites of a mil­i­tary hous­ing project in Bu­la­can Wed­nes­day.

“Ang kinukuha namin la­hat mga mil­i­tary be­cause the mil­i­tary kasi at least maski na re­tired, you’ve been trained to have an or­ga­nized mind tapos isang salita lang [We ap­point mil­i­tary men be­cause the mil­i­tary, even if re­tired, you’ve been trained to have an or­ga­nized mind and have one word],” he said.

The Pres­i­dent made the re­marks while laud­ing Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil (HUDCC) chair Ed­uardo del Rosario’s swift ef­forts to build bet­ter houses for the mil­i­tary and po­lice­men. Del Rosario, a re­tired Army gen­eral, pre­vi­ously served as de­fense un­der­sec­re­tary for veter­ans and re­tiree af­fairs and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Disas­ter Risk Re­duc­tion Man­age­ment Coun­cil (NDRRMC) un­der the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Del Rosario took over from Vice Pres­i­dent Leni Ro­bredo.

Duterte, in his re­marks, claimed that civil ser­vants are usu­ally in­dus­tri­ous in their early years of ser­vice but some grow lazy over the years.

“This is not to be­rate my coun­try­men but ‘yung nasa Civil Ser­vice, kung bago pa kayo [when you’re start­ing], while you are build­ing a ca­reer in the bu­reau­cracy, ang tiyaga-tiyaga ninyo [you are very hard­work­ing]. CESO (Ca­reer Ex­ec­u­tive Ser­vice Of­fi­cer}) and all of the ex­am­i­na­tions that would qual­ify you to the higher po­si­tions,” he said.

“Kaya lang mag­dat­ing na kayo sa itaas and over time matanda na rin kayo, me­dyo – some of them are or you have be­come in­do­lent [But when you reach the top and over time, you be­come old and some of them are or you have be­come in­do­lent],” he said.

He ob­served that some gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials even drag their feet when com­ply­ing with or­ders is­sued by their su­pe­ri­ors. He noted that, “‘Yung hindi mo ma­sunod ang gusto mo, kung ma­sunod man, it takes time [It takes time for them to com­ply with what you want them to do. And if ever they com­ply, it takes time)

Among the ex-mil­i­tary of­fi­cers in the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion are De­fense Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Her­mo­genes Esperon Jr., En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Roy Ci­matu, Cus­toms chief Isidro Lapeña, Philip­pine Char­ity Sweep­stakes Of­fice gen­eral man­ager Alexan­der Ba­lu­tan, Na­tional Ir­ri­ga­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion head Ri­cardo Visaya, Na­tional Food Au­thor­ity head Ja­son Aquino, Metropoli­tan Manila De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity chair Danilo Lim, and Na­tional Disas­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ri­cardo Jalad.

Del Rosario served as com­man­der of Task Force Davao and com­man­der of the 73rd In­fantry Bri­gade (IB) de­tailed in the Davao prov­inces.

And prior to his re­tire­ment, the Pres­i­dent in­tends to ap­point out­go­ing Armed Forces chief Ed­uardo Año as the next sec­re­tary of the Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)

(Richard Viñas)

NO TO ‘IN­DO­LENT’ BU­REAU­CRATS – Speak­ing at the ground-break­ing cer­e­mony of Scout Ranger Ville in San Miguel, Bu­la­can, Wed­nes­day, the Pres­i­dent says he prefers to ap­point ex-mil­i­tary of­fi­cers to gov­ern­ment po­si­tions be­cause un­like ‘in­do­lent’ bu­reau­crats, they are or­ga­nized and hard­work­ing.

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