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Staging a mutiny? Duterte tells soldiers: Drop all politicians!

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday urged the Armed Forces of the Philippines to “drop all polticians” if it launches another mutiny.

“Frankly I told the military, ‘You want to change?’ Sabi ko sa military ganito. Mag-prangka ako kasi nasabi ko na lahat eh. The problem with you guys… is you go on a mutiny, rebellion. You do it, you time it during there’s a disturbance of — in society, a political turmoil,” Duterte said.

The chief executive made this remark during before the oath-taking of newly-appointed governemnt officials in Malacanang.

“Bigay ninyo, ‘pag panalo niyo ibigay ninyo sa kabila nung dinepose (depose) ninyo. Tapos another set. Iyon na ‘yung kalaban. So demandahan then walang ginawa kung maghabol ng kalaban. Pagkatapos, ‘yan, meron na naman. Tapos mag — another communal disagreement. Pasok na naman kayo. Then ibigay mo doon sa kontra-partido. Ay p***. Wasting your time,” he added.

Duterte said the military should instead “look for the best 10 (to) 15” young leaders to lead the government.

“Get that… Iyan mga undersecretary ‘yan, mga supervisors. Ihulog mo lahat politician, including me. Marunong man ako maglangoy. Dahan-dahan lang. I can always go home to Davao swimming. One kilometer a day, okay na ‘yan,” according to him.

“Give it to… And then assure them of protection. Give them a salary of… “Okay, I’ll give you 10 million a month. You f***** up, we will kill you. You do good, we will increase your salary by the year, one million. For as long as there is want and need — need to survive. It will go awry. So suportahan mo na,” he added.