By Genalyn Kabiling
The Presidential Security Group (PSG) is determined to provide “full protection” for President Duterte but has reminded him to avoid going to unscheduled events.
PSG commander Brig. Gen. Lope Dagoy said the PSG would continue to coordinate with the President’s office about his daily activities and deploy personnel depending on the threat level.
“We always presume that all threat groups are always after our President including particularly the ISIS group following their debacles in Marawi,” Dagoy said. “The deployment of our forces will depend on the threat level of the areas of engagement. Maximum is full protection,” he added.
The President’s security team is also hopeful that Duterte would stick to his official schedule for his own safety.
“That is why we always discourage the President in going to unscheduled events to avoid breach of his security and protection,” Dagoy said.
On whether the President’s engagements outside the Palace will be reduced due to threats, the PSG commander said: “As to his activities. It will depend on the schedules prepared by his office in coordination with PSG.”
The President earlier said he was ready to die amid reports he has become a target of the Islamic State.
“When my time comes, it will come. I will stick to what destiny has given me,” he said.
Duterte admitted that his tendency to get close and interact with the public has become a “nightmare” for the PSG. But he told the PSG not to stop his spontaneous public interaction, insisting he would not be deterred by security threats.
Duterte said he has been living with death threats since he worked as state prosecutor several years ago. “It was a dangerous life then as it is now,” he said.