Filipino in Norway lauds Duterte's 'militarization of governance': It makes the citizens feel the disciplined hand of effective governance - The Daily Sentry

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Filipino in Norway lauds Duterte's 'militarization of governance': It makes the citizens feel the disciplined hand of effective governance





Compiled photo of President Rodrigo Duterte with some of the uniformed personnel officials (ctto)


Last week of October, President Rodrigo Duterte has put the Bureau of Customs (BOC) under the control of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), he also assigned former Marines captain Nicanor Faeldon as the new Bureau of Corrections chief.

Duterte also appointed his former commander of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) who is also a military as the new Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary (DSWD), Rolando Joselito Bautista.


No militarization

With this, many from the opposition and critics of President have questioned the legality of his decisions to put military men to some positions in the government, particularly in those corruption-ridden agencies.

For his part, the chief executive had clarified that there is no militarization going on and no taking over the functions of Customs employees, as military will only be guarding the Customs to make sure all operations are in order and all laws are strictly followed.

There maybe handful of critics, but majority of the Filipinos seemed to be in favor of the president’s move to entrust corruption plagued agencies to military.

Military in government is a ‘forced move’

A Filipino who lives in Norway, Gil Ramos, also took to Facebook to share his opinion on the matter, as to why the president had to do what he had to do.

Ramos said that Duterte’s solution to let military or former military officers in government positions is a “forced move” for lacking of a “true party system” to rely on.

He pointed out that “immature personalized party systems are reaping what they deserve and they should not complain at the moves of the president to appoint retired military men directly into civilian post immediately upon retirement. It is just desserts for our immature politicians.”*

He also said that attaching the military systematically to the government is a ‘welcomed development” because it might be the only group that could match the organization of the communist party.

“We are finally getting a government that can govern.” Ramos said.

Gil Ramos’ full post reads:

The Militarization of Governance: a forced move.

No true party system exists so DU30 had to rely on the retired military as his de facto party for governance

The political butterflies in our immature personalized party system are reaping what they deserve and they should not complain at the moves of the president to appoint retired military men directly into civilian post immediately upon retirement. It is just desserts for our immature politicians.

The exception at having a true political party is of course the communist party and the only group that could match the organization of the communist party is the retired military.

There is the Church - but it has no temporal focus in its teachings and therefore gives confused guidance at best and at worst quits the field entirely and leave 'unto Caesar’s what is Caesar’s'.

And because we have an anarchic balkanized political practice there are so many little "Caesar’s" that carry on in their little fiefdoms in particular localities.

The systematic harnessing of the President of the retired military personnel and officer corps as an asset in governance is a welcome development in this context. It hardens the state - provides backbone to the bureaucracy and makes the citizenry feel the strong disciplined hand of effective governance.

We are finally getting a government that can govern.


screen-capped image of Gil Ramos' Facebook post


Source: Gil Ramos