MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – During his State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated Monday that he chose military men to be part of his Cabinet because they followed orders.
“Kapag sinabi mong walang corruption, walang corruption,” he added. (If you tell them no corruption, there will be no corruption.)
He added that members of the armed services were aware that he was a lawyer, and that he would never issue any illegal order.
So, as Duterte begins the final 3 years of his presidency, he has ordered all his Cabinet Secretaries and Undersecretaries — men and women — to undergo a 3-month military training to instill in them discipline, integrity and loyalty in serving his administration and the Filipino people.
Malacañang told The Adobo Chronicles that the only exemptions to his order are members of his Cabinet who have been ex-military men and those who have undergone R.O.T.C. (Reserved Officers Training Corps) in their younger years in college.
Sa ika-uunlad ng Bayan, disiplina ang kailangan. (Discipline is needed for the nation’s progress.)