Duterte to issue order limiting bodyguards of local chief executives

  • Pres. Rodrigo Duterte will soon issue a formal order limiting the number of bodyguards of all local chief executives
  • He said that this will prevent mayors and governors to commit abuses
  • According to him, only one or two bodyguards will be allowed for each official

A formal order to be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte limiting the number of security aides of local executives is underway.

In doing this, the Chief Executive said this will prevent local executives to commit abuses considering the fact that they will have limited bodyguards on their side.

An article published by The Philippine Star mentioned that Duterte noted that some mayors are involved in illegal drugs but they remain untouchable because of their political connections and security aides.

“I will go back to the Alunan doctrine. They are only allowed one or two security,” the president was quoted saying as he was referring to Rafael Alunan III who served as Interior Secretary of former President Fidel Ramos.

As such, Duterte challenged all mayors and governors to resign from post if they are afraid to die; stressing that politicians who are accompanied by several vehicles are likely to be involved in illegal drugs.

“Especially in Mindanao, I do not want to offend but that is true. When you travel with 10 cars, you have 10 cars, all of them armed, almost all of them have drugs and that has been proven time and again,” the President said.

To facilitate the move, Duterte has instructed Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to draft the order; further stating he is ready to comply with the Alunan doctrine as he does not need too many bodyguards.

He also said that if there is a need that he will be included he is more than willing to comply with the order so as to set an example to all local chief executives throughout the country.