Duterte: ‘Militarization of government? Correct.’
President Rodrigo Duterte has defended the appointment of former military officials to his Cabinet amid criticisms that he is “militarizing” the government.
In his speech during the distribution of certificates of land ownership award to farmers in Cagayan De Oro
on Wednesday, Duterte mentioned the corruption controversy hounding the Bureau of Customs (BOC) as well as the issue on the shabu smuggled into the country.
“I will not allow that. I will not sit as President and let you render me inutile as you continue with your corruption there in
Customs right in front of me. Put**ng i** niyo. Now you have a problem. They say it’s militarization of the government, correct. They say, ‘Please tell mayor that not all of us are corrupt.’ That’s true,” Duterte said.
“But why is it that many entered into shabu? Don’t tell me that they’re… They managed to get past… [ex-Customs chief Nicanor] Faeldon is a Marine, Sid is a police… They do not know the… so I said men from the Army might be better. And then I had them trained to read, operate the X-Ray machine,” Duterte added.
Critics have slammed Duterte’s earlier pronouncement that he would let the military take over the BOC following the
billions of pesos worth of shabu that was smuggled into the country using magnetic lifters.
The faultfinders said Duterte’s arrangement is unlawful.
Recently introduced BOC boss Rey Leonardo Guerrero, notwithstanding, elucidated that there no militarization in the organization, taking note of that troopers might sent to help the Customs staff. Guerrero a previous Armed Forces boss.
In his discourse, Duterte likewise safeguarded again previous BOC boss Nicanor Faeldon and Isidro Lapeña as gigantic shabu shipments could enter the nation under their separate authorities.
The President, in the mean time, called attention to that he against organization, however noticed that military authorities won’t “banter” with him at whatever point he has orders.
“I don’t have anything against the organization, yet the administration will take you until the end of time. They will even discussion with you. You have a debacle, a fire, a surge, however the idiots there would supposedly be as yet drinking,” he included.
Duterte likewise said notwithstanding military men, visitor goal Boracay Island, which he beforehand called as a “cesspool,” won’t be restored.
“Do you figure Boracay would have been tidied up if not for Año and Cimatu? Año is from the DILG and Cimatu was once appointed in Davao,” Duterte said.
Like Guerrero, Interior and Local Government officer-in-control Eduardo Año and Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu Armed Forces head of staff.