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Duterte tells military: Get the youth to run the country next time there’s a mutiny

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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte said he advised the military to stop siding with politicians the next time they will stage a mutiny or rebellion and instead find at least 10 youth leaders to run the government.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

 

In his speech in Malacañang, Duterte said he frankly told the military that nothing is changing in the government because they are keeping a cycle of giving the power they get from mutiny to politicians.

“Frankly I told the military: ‘You want change? The problem with you guys. You go on a mutiny, rebellion. You do it, you time it during when there’s a disturbance in society–a political turmoil. Pag panalo niyo, bigay ninyo sa kabila ng dinepose ninyo (When you win, you give the power to party opposite of who you deposed),'” he said.

According to Duterte, it’s better for the military to just find at least 10 youth leaders to lead the government instead of wasting their time on a repetitive process.

“[You are] wasting your time. The next time you do it, look for the best 10 to 15 na mautak na mga bata–mga undersecretary ‘yan, mga supervisors. Ihulog mo lahat politicians (look for the best 10 to 15 from the youth who are smart–undersecretaries and supervisors–and drop all politicians) including me,” he said.

“Give it to [them], and assure them of protection. Give them a salary of, ‘OK, I’ll give you P10 million a month. You fuck up, we will kill you. You do well, we will increase your salary by the year–P1 million,'” he added.

The President then said that the military should support the leaders that they will get to pick as he prefers to just go home to Davao and spend his retirement there.

“Suportahan mo [sila] (Support them). Next time when you assemble anywhere, everywhere, think about it,” he said.

“Do not allow politicians, including me but I assure I won’t be around. I’ll go home, I am ripe for retirement,” he added.

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