Duterte wants retired general to take charge of BCDA’s lease of military lands: Para walang corruption
President Rodrigo Duterte wants the Armed Forces of the Philippines to raise funds by entering into lease agreements with private developers of its sprawling and idle properties.
In a speech Thursday, Duterte named a retired Philippine Army general , Glorioso Miranda, to the board of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) which would handle the lease of the military assets.
Miranda has retired at age 56 after acting as the chief of the Philippine Army for 10 months.
Duterte noted that the BCDA sorely lacked a military official on its board to protect the interests of the AFP and prevent corruption in BCDA.
“I need somebody there — from your sector (military) — para, sabi ko, tinitignan niya kung paanong takbo. And if there is corruption, eh ‘di bugbugin mo diyan mismo,” said Duterte in a speech at Fort Bonifacio Thursday.
Duterte said Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez proposed that themilitary use the proceeds of the lease of military lands to the AFP.
“Sabi ni Dominguez, give it to the Armed Forces, you can join any venture with the private, joint venture or ipa-lease na lang niyo na long term and ‘yung makuha ninyo na pera, malaki ito,” said Duterte.
Duterte said the money raised from lease agreement deals would be used to bankroll part of the P1 trillion AFP modernization program and his plan to put up a P50 billion education and health find for soldiers.