Duterte: I appoint ex-military men because they get job done

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 19) — President Rodrigo Duterte explained why most of his Cabinet members were retired military men.

"Kasi ang military, 'yung mga retired 'pag sinabi mong, 'Gawin mo 'yan,' gagawin 'yan. 'Pag sinabi mong, 'Gawin 'yan, huwag kang maghingi ni piso,' susunod 'yan," Duterte said during the launch of the Overseas Filipino Bank Thursday.

[Translation: For retired military officials - when you say "Do it," they will do it. When you say, "Do it, don't ask for a dime," they'll follow.]

The President has a penchant for putting former military officials in government posts, the latest of which is retired Philippine Army commanding general Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda.

Miranda was appointed to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority last January 9.

Other military officers now in government posts include former Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año who is now Interior Undersecretary, Customs Commissioner PDir. Isidro Lapeña, Environment Chief Gen. Roy Cimatu, and Office of Civil Defense Deputy Administrator Capt. Nicanor Faeldon.

An earlier count by CNN Philippines listed 60 military officers with incumbent positions.