The guessing recreation is over.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (May 10) introduced the appointment of Armed Forces chief of employees Eduardo Año as the subsequent Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Duterte launched Año because the incoming Interior Secretary throughout his press convention on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) earlier than leaving for Cambodia, Hong Kong and China.

“You are now facing the next DILG Secretary,” the President instructed reporters whereas gesturing to Año, who was summoned to stand subsequent to Duterte after a query about new Cabinet appointments was raised.

Duterte stated he wants a navy man on the DILG’s helm as a result of he has “a problem with the police.”

“You need somebody who knows the police,” he stated, after expressing disgust on the information of 4 Makati policemen who extorted cash from a household they kidnapped.

Aside from coping with errant cops, Duterte stated a DILG chief with navy background is critical to cope with the nation’s drawback with terrorism.

“The problem with terrorism looms very big ahead. The IS (Islamic State) is coming in. May bakbakan sa Mindanao ngayon,” he stated.

Año is about to retire in October.

Speculation was rife as to who would head the DILG after Duterte fired Ismael Sueno in April over corruption allegations. Among the names rumored to be thought-about for the post have been former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and House Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas.

Before his appointment as AFP chief of employees, Año served because the 57th Commanding General of the Philippine Army from July 16, 2015 to December 7, 2016.[3][4] He was additionally the chief of Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) from 2012 to 2014.

He is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1983.