Isko Moreno to appoint ex-Navy flag officer as defense chief if elected president

Presidential aspirant Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says a former Navy flag officer is the right person to lead the Defense department since they have the expertise in guarding the country's borders

1/29/2022 11:26:00 AM

Presidential aspirant Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says a former Navy flag officer is the right person to lead the Defense department since they have the expertise in guarding the country's borders

Presidential aspirant Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says a former Navy flag officer is the right person to lead the Defense department since they have the expertise in guarding the country's borders.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 29) –If elected, presidential aspirant Isko Moreno said he will appoint a former Navy flag officer as defense secretary.The Manila Mayor explained a Navy commander possesses the expertise in guarding the country's borders, especially in preventing the entry of illegal drugs.

"(You know what) for the first time in history,mag-appointako(I will appoint someone) from the Navy as secretary of national defense. Why? Because we are an archipelagic country," Moreno told television host Boy Abunda.Moreno gave credit to President Rodrigo Duterte for halting the production of illegal drugs, which led to less supply being sold on the streets.

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endIndex: Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 29) – If elected, presidential aspirant Isko Moreno said he will appoint a former Navy flag officer as defense secretary. The Manila Mayor explained a Navy commander possesses the expertise in guarding the country's borders, especially in preventing the entry of illegal drugs. " (You know what) for the first time in history, mag- appoint ako (I will appoint someone) from the Navy as secretary of national defense. Why? Because we are an archipelagic country," Moreno told television host Boy Abunda. Moreno gave credit to President Rodrigo Duterte for halting the production of illegal drugs, which led to less supply being sold on the streets. However, Moreno pointed out the illegal drug trade continued to flourish in the country during Duterte's time. "So, there must be something wrong with our borders," he said."There must be something wrong with our ports kasi kung wala na yung manufacturing, hirap na magbenta, bakit kung dumating at mahuli namin (because if manufacturing has been stopped and it is hard to sell illegal drugs, why are there shipments of), 48 kilos, 40 kilos, five kilos? I think it's high time for us to address our boundaries, our entries, the port or entries." The Aksyon Demokratiko standard bearer reiterated his earlier pronouncements that he will continue Duterte's war on illegal drugs, but he will not have a"bloody" approach on it. Moreno is running with Dr. Willie Ong as his vice president, along with three senatorial hopefuls.