Who will secure the country’s next President?
Although Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s future as the next President has already been conceded by his rivals, he still cannot avail of the services of the Presidential Security Group (PSG).
This has prompted his camp to organize a “PSG-like” security team for Duterte.
“We created our own ‘PSG-like’ security based on our security campaign team,” Peter Laviña, Duterte’s spokesman, said in a televised news conference on Friday.
Laviña said the security team for Duterte will be privately-funded, which includes retired police and military officials.
“Part of the security team are those who helped us during the campaign. These are the retired police and AFP officials. They are well experienced in handling VIP security as they call it,” he said.
The security team, Laviña said, includes the food taster and medical unit attached to the president-elect.
“We have to do it… There will be tight security because he’s already the presumptive president, he’s no longer just Mayor Duterte. We have to follow certain security protocols,” he added.
Laviña said Duterte’s campaign security team has made the presentation already on security protocols that include “almost all of the protocols of the PSG.”
In fact, he said that PSG group already met with the Duterte security team as well as the mayor himself.
“It’s possible given the fact the President Aquino has already given orders for the smooth transfer of power. He has directed his official family in Malacañang to cooperate,” Laviña said.
Aside from beefing up Duterte’s security, his camp also have other plans for the incoming administration.
Laviña said they have set up a transition team, policy group, selection committee and inauguration committee in preparation for the Duterte presidency.
The transition team, Laviña said, will be coordinating with the outgoing Aquino administration for a “smooth turnover” of government.
The selection committee, on the other hand, will be in charge of identifying, vetting and recommending those who will be Cabinet members.
Duterte earlier told his running mate, Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano, to choose between the foreign affairs and justice secretary post.
He also hinted he wanted former Press Secretary Jesus Dureza to be his presidential assistant on the peace process.