Police security escorts of politicians recalled

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Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. holding a “Bin Laden” firecracker that is illegal. Cerbo warned against the sale and use of such powerful explosives. MATIKAS SANTOS/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police has ordered the recall of police security escorts assigned to local officials vying for a seat in the upcoming midterm elections, an official said Thursday.

PNP spokesman, Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr., said the move was among the security preparations for the May elections, citing the enforcement of the gun ban this coming Sunday.

But for those who would insist on having a bodyguard, Cerbo said a request can be made before the Commission on Elections which will be subject for approval.

“If [a candidate] feels he needs more than one security escort, he has to make a request, he should justify it, [and] we will study it,” Cerbo said.

Politicians, Cerbo said, can also get a protective agent from accredited security agencies, but will, likewise, be subject for Comelec’s approval.

“Protective agents . . . they will be properly trained and oriented to the proper conduct of protective security,” Cerbo said, but added that they also need to be in their proper uniforms.

Roughly 800 Police Security Protection Group personnel have been called to Camp Crame while they wait for their new assignment.

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  • rayingga

    A good and honorable politician need not to have a security, the people themselves will protect him/her. That is if he/she is honest and a true public servant. Kung balasubas naman no amount of protection can save him/her.

    • opinyonlangpo

      Have you ever been to the Philippines?

    • Joe_in_Bikol

       I have been at Terminal 3 flying from Manila to Legazpi City when the Governor of Albay, Joey Salceda, has been on the same flight. He is an honest and true public servant – no body guards or special privileges for him – he was dressed casual like the rest of us, chatted with anyone who wanted to talk and fell in line with the rest of us. Need more like him in the Philippines.

  • Joe_in_Bikol

     I have been at Terminal 3 flying from Manila to Legazpi City when the Governor of Albay, Joey Salceda, has been on the same flight. He is an honest and true public servant – no body guards or special privileges for him – he was dressed casual like the rest of us, chatted with anyone who wanted to talk and fell in line with the rest of us. Need more like him in the Philippines.

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