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Probinsyano kasi! Dick says Duterte tapping ex-generals because of shallow connections

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Senator Dick Gordon thinks President Rodrigo Duterte’s provincial roots are a liability in getting the best and brightest in his Cabinet.

“Ang problema lang kay Presidente, mababaw ang bench nya. He comes from the province, hindi niya nakilala. So, mas nagre-rely siya sa military,” Gordon said in a statement.

Duterte grew up in Davao and only came to Manila to study law in San Beda. He spent practically all of his fiscal and political career in Davao.

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Gordon did not agree with Duterte’s penchance to appoint former generals and military officers in the Cabinet and top government posts, most recently the appointment of retired Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat, former chief of the Armed Forces Northern Luzon Command as Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System board member.

“It’s a dangerous one because civilian authority must remain supreme over the military. Dapat 3 years muna bago ka i-appoint.. para mawala muna yung ties mo. The ties that bind,” he said.

“ Nagsasabi si Presidente na may mag coup, magkakagulo, aba kinakabahan ako, nandyan na mga sundalo baka mamaya yung mga sundalo katulad nung nangyari kina (then Defense Secretary Juan Ponce) Enrile noong araw bakit kasi binigay nyo pa, nandyan na tayo, dapat tayo na,” he said.

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