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Palace confirms ex-rebel soldier Danny Lim is new MMDA chair

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Former brigadier general Danilo “Danny” Lim is the new chairman of the Metro Manila Development Authority, an official from Malacañang confirmed Saturday (May 20).

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Lim as the new MMDA chief.

Tim Orbos, meanwhile, will stay in the agency as its general manager.

Duterte is expected to sign Lim’s appointment papers Monday (May 22), before he leaves for an official visit to Russia.

It was Politiko who first broke the news on Lim’s appointment to the MMDA back in April.

According to Politiko’s source, Duterte wanted Lim to head the MMDA as he was dissatisfied with Orbos’ performance.

Lim’s appointment brings to 12 the number of police or military generals whom Duterte has appointed to the government. The others are: National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Office of the President Undersecretary Emmanuel Bautista, National Irrigation Administration chief Ricardo Visaya, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office general manager Alexander Balutan, National Food Authority administrator Jason Aquino, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director Ricardo Jalad, Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Land Transportation Office chief Edgar Galvante and incoming Interior Secretary and incumbent Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Eduardo Año.

The former military general’s appointment is seen by some political pundits as a way to neutralize a possible coup that may be staged by some disgruntled soldiers in the next five years.

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