Pres. Duterte to impose two-bodyguard limit per politician starting next year

Politicians with bunch of security escorts will have to be contented with only two bodyguards starting next year.

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday that he will impose next year a two-bodyguard limit for every politician, particularly at the local government level.

"Next year I will impose the two limit. Two security officers and the rest will go back and that's what I said," President Rodrigo Duterte said in his speech during the awarding of the 2016 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organization Overseas at Malacanang Palace.

"That's why you saw people running that you cannot imagine a mayor who moves like a swagger, like a tough guy and when I gave the warning, you surrender or I will kill you within 24 hours, they went to Crame perspiring and sweating all over," he added.

Earlier, President Duterte said he will revive the implementation of the Alunan doctrine, referring to the "Oplan Pag-lalansag" initiated by former Local Government Secretary Rafael Alunan III who served under former President Fidel V. Ramos.

Under the Alunan doctrine, local officials will be arrested if they have more than three bodyguards.

"Do you know these politicians they have an Army escort of two and then a police, so nobody would touch them," the President said.

"Every time they go to places people would know that there is an idiot there pretending to be a big one when he is not. He wants his presence felt by the crowd. Rides on a plane with arms. Well, not in my term," he warned.

The President said when he was mayor of Davao City, he used to patrol the city without bodyguard.

"I have been mayor of Davao City. I do not even appear on national TV. I find it corny and makatindig balahibo (goose bumps)," the President said.

Source: Philippines News Agency