President Rodrigo Duterte during the 28th Founding Anniversary of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City hit Senator Dick Gordon for criticizing him in appointing newly retired military generals to the executive department.
“I take exception now to the statement of Senator Dick Gordon, sinabi niya bakit ko kinukuha ‘yung mga tawag niya ex- ang akin naman former military officers. It’s very dangerous daw kasi I will militarize my administration,” President Duterte said.
“Sabi ni Gordon: Alam mo si Duterte probinsyano ‘yan wala masyado kilala dito kaya ang nakikilala niya ‘yung mga military,” he said.
“Kung ako ang Presidente at pupunta ako ng Maynila magtrabaho dito maghanap ako ng tao kung si Gordon lang naman ang makita ko, mag-resign nalang ako pagka-presidente,” Duterte added.
He said that when a military man retires from service becomes civilian and he can work faster with former military officials who are honest.
“‘Yung utak mo Dick natutunaw, napupunta diyan sa tiyan mo. You’re a fart away from disaster. Intindihin mo muna ‘yang tiyan mo bago ka makialam sa trabaho ko,” the President said.
Senator Gordon earlier said in a statement “ang problema lang kay Presidente, mababaw ang bench nya. He comes from the province, hindi niya nakilala. So, mas nagre-rely siya sa military.”
“It’s a dangerous one because civilian authority must remain supreme over the military. Dapat 3 years muna bago ka i-appoint.. para mawala muna yung ties mo. The ties that bind,” he added.