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Mas maganda pag kakilala! Duterte admits preferring buddies for gov’t posts

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Most Cabinet officials are connected to President Rodrigo Duterte in some way: they were either his classmates or had worked in Davao City when he was mayor.

In a speech in Davao City Friday (February 9), Duterte admitted to preferring people he knows for government posts even if there are others who are equally capable.

He said he appointed former generals Eduardo Del Rosario, Eduardo Año and Frank Cimatu to government posts not just because of their military background, but because they were once stationed in Davao City.

“Sila ‘yan dumaan sila dito. It is not because I’m — the military is my favorite. These guys are not from here, but during their tour of duty sa career nila napadaan ng Mindanao ‘yan,” he said.

“Kaya kilala ko ‘yan sila lahat. And only those also military men that I know. Because I know them, the others, they are all good, honest but the problem is I do not know you,” he added.

Del Rosario heads the Task Force Bangon Marawi, while Año is the officer in charge of the Department of Interior and Local Government and Cimatu is the Environment Secretary.

Duterte said he appointed several former military officials to the Cabinet because he values their obedience.

“Now, bakit military? Kasi ang military isang utos lang,” he said.