Retired General Danilo Lim is New MMDA Chairman
President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed the appointment papers of former Brigadier General Danilo Lim as the new chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). Duterte formalized Lim’s appointment before he boarded a plane to Moscow on the afternoon of Monday, May 22.
Tim Orbos, MMDA's general manager, has been running the agency while the chairman post was vacant. Orbos will retain his position.
Not the only military official in gov’t administration
Lim is not the only former or high-ranking military official that Duterte appointed to a government post.
Other current government officials with military connections include Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, who is a former chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Cimatu replaced Duterte appointee Gina Lopez after the Commission on Appointments (CA) rejected her.
Another is AFP chief General Eduardo Año, who is set to take over as secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) next month. Año was compelled to take an early retirement from military service because of his appointment. He was up for mandatory retirement in October.