Duterte gives BCDA post to outgoing Army chief

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 05 2017 06:22 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte hands over a pistol to Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda during the turnover of new weapons to the military on July 18, 2017. Miranda, set to step down as Army Chief on Sunday, has been named to the board of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority. Karl Norman Alonzo, MalacaƱang Photo

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he is appointing outgoing Philippine Army chief Glorioso Miranda to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA).

Duterte made this announcement at the Philippine Army's change of command ceremony in Fort Bonifacio, where Miranda relinquished his post to Lt. Gen. Rolando Bautista.

“Talagang sumasaludo ako kay General Miranda, that’s why automatic, he will be a member of the board [of the BCDA],” Duterte said in his speech.

The President said Miranda may assume his new post as early as November this year. He is set to step down as Army chief on Sunday.

Duterte said appointing a former military man to the BCDA is part of his plan to use proceeds from the lease of military lands to fund the modernization of the Armed Forces.

“Lahat ng kikitain niyo, diretso sa inyo. Gawin niyo ang gusto niyong gawin to modernize,” the President said.

Duterte also reiterated his desire to leave the presidency with a stronger military capable of meeting various challenges.

“We need equipment to meet the challenge,” he said.

The BCDA, a government-owned and controlled corporation, is mandated to transform former US military bases for "alternative productive civilian use."

Among its converted properties are the location of the Bonifacio Global City in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, and of the Newport City at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.