Duterte explains why he prefers military men over ‘deadwood’ gov’t workers
President Rodrigo Duterte has made no secret why he loves to surround himself with ex-generals and it’s only not because most of his friends came from the military and police.
Based on his experience working with a bureaucracy as Davao City mayor for two decades, Duterte said that most civil servants have an air of self-entitlement after securing their posts and go through the until their retirement.
“A lot of them in the Cabinet are military men. Not because mas marami akong kaibigan, but because having been in a — in a bureaucratic, you know, mas madali talagang utusan ang military,” said Duterte in a speech in Ormoc, Leyte Thrusday.
“Isang salita lang, ‘Gawain mo ‘yan’. Eh ‘yung mga… Huwag naman — no offense intended. Pero ‘yung mga nag-umpisa diyan ng eligibility, tapos pagdating dito sa — between the… So many days before retirement, they become deadwood,” he added.
He said most bureaucrats, “even the directors”, do not like to work.
This was the reason why he was tough on his 30-day limit for government workers to finish each transactions that took them two to three years to complete previously.
“Kaya ‘yang mga director, pagka sumobra ng six months, you have a lot of explaining to do. Sabi ko, ‘That is not service’. Alam mo, binabastos mo lang ang tao diyan eh. Kung ayaw ninyo na magtrabaho, sabihin ninyo. I’ll just give you a table there sa — just scribble something.
Kung ayaw ninyo magtrabaho, ibigay ko na lang sa mga bata,” said Duterte.
Duterte joked that if he could have his way, he’d just order the police to kill the lazy official so he could have a younger worker to run the place.
“Ang hirap talaga nitong utusan ang ano… Pero hindi siguro itong taga-Leyte baka taga-Davao lang. Maski ‘yang sunog, ‘So where is the disaster chief? Sir, hindi pa umuwi kasi nag-iinuman pa’. Ay putang ina. Utusan ko ‘yung pulis, ‘Patayin mo doon para may bago tayong… We can choose another one’,” said Duterte making light of his frustrations over lazy government workers.