MANILA, Philippines — Police security escorts are a staple in the sorties of most of the presidential candidates in this year’s elections. Except for two.
Superintendent Rogelio Simon, spokesman of the Police Security and Protection Group, said Wednesday that Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago did not apply for escorts, unlike their fellow candidates Senator Grace Poe, Manuel Roxas II and Vice-President Jejomar Binay.
“The two presidential candidates did not apply for police protection from the PNP that’s the reason why they don’t have any police escorts,” Simon said at a press briefing in Camp Crame.
He added that a total of 322 persons sought protection from the PSPG for the May 9 polls, “but only 149 have been approved by the Commission on Elections” to be assigned security details.
Of the 149, 24 are candidates who are now being secured by 68 PSPG personnel. A hundred more police personnel have been assigned to 52 government officials.
“Around 110 PSPG personnel were assigned to provide security escorts to 73 private individuals,” Simon added.
Aside from these, he said 249 more personnel are on standby for deployment if necessary.
The assignment of security escorts for the elections will last until June 9, or a month after the polls.
Under Comelec rules, a candidate for national position is allowed up to six uniformed police personnel as escorts, while local candidates are allowed two. —Source: