Lagman slams Duterte's military oligarchy, calls it most dangerous than economic-oligarchy

Lagman slams Duterte's military oligarchy, calls it most dangerous than economic-oligarchy

Opposition lawmaker Albay representative Edcel Lagman made his two cents known with respect to the comment of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte regarding the dismantling of oligarchies in the country.
Lagman said military oligarchy is the most dangerous kind.

“Oligarchy has many variations and manifestations, the most dangerous of which is the military oligarchy which is backed up by the arsenal of firepower,” the opposition lawmaker said.

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“While President Rodrigo Duterte has targeted the so-called “economic oligarchs”, he has shielded and built up military oligarchs with inordinate patronage,” Lagman said.
“If the campaign against the oligarchy is to be sincere, all forms of oligarchy must be dismantled including the favored military oligarchy,” he added.
The Albay representative enumerated the former military men occupying key positions in government, seven of whom are retired Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines like Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año; Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez, Jr.; Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon; Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero; National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Administrator Ricardo Visaya; and Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Administrator Benjamin Madrigal, Jr.

Also includes: Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairperson Danilo Lim; PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales; National Intelligence Coordination Agency Director General Alex Paul Monteagudo; Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) President and CEO Rueben Lista; PNOC Exploration Corporation Director Oscar Ravena; National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Coordinating Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Ricardo Jalad;
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources National Director Eduardo Gongona; National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Chairperson Allen Capuyan; Clark International Airport Corporation President and CEO Aaron Aquino; and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Wilkins Villanueva.
The chief implementor of the Philippines Declared National Policy Against COVID-19 is former Chief of Staff of the AFP Carlito Galvez, Jr., who is concurrently the peace adviser.

Lagman also took note of the thousands of individuals death of extrajudicial killings, is under the military-police establishment. And the controversial anti-terrorism law which he believes a pet measure of the military advisers of the President.
“To a lesser extent, the militarization of the bureaucracy was also practiced by previous administrations most probably to insulate them from military coups, intervention and adventurism,” Lagman said.

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