PSG protection just for PRRD, 1st family: Andanar

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte with officials and members of the Presidential Security Group (File Presidential Photo)

MANILA – The job of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) is to serve President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the first family, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

“The Presidential Security Group or PSG provides security for the president and the first family only,” acting presidential spokesman and communications secretary Martin Andanar told an online press conference.

The statement was issued in response to an appeal by Anakalusugan party list representative Michael Defensor on Malacañang to grant presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. protection from PSG.

On Sunday, Defensor urged the Palace to send at least a “small” PSG team to Marcos, noting that the latter is the only “big” presidential candidate without personal protection from the government.

Defensor said the Philippines should adopt the United States’ electoral process that gives all presidential and vice presidential candidates “automatic” protection from possible harm or attack.

He made the call, as he lamented that, unlike Marcos, other top presidential candidates such as Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and Senators Panfilo” Ping” Lacson and Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao are given official protection. given their position in government.

Marcos, who emerged as the most preferred presidential candidate in pre-election polls, is not an active politician.

The last time he held public office was six years ago, when he served as a senator from 2010 to 2016.

On Sunday, Lacson, in a joint press conference with Domagoso and another presidential candidate, former national security adviser Norberto Gonzales, said he had received reports of a supposed plan to sabotage the elections. of May 9, 2022.

Andanar guaranteed that the current administration, with the help of the Philippine National Police (PNP), would ensure peaceful and orderly elections.

“Handa po ang ating pamahalaan and ang ating uniformed personnel na panatilihin ang kaayusan ng ating bansa (Our government and our uniformed personnel are ready to ensure peace and order in our country),” he said.

Andanar also reiterated that Duterte remains “neutral” as the chief executive chooses not to support any presidential candidate.

The PNP is now validating reports of possible election sabotage.

It also examines allegations that Robredo issued a statement about allegedly potential chaos should she lose the presidential race. (NAP)

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