PNP: No plans to beef up Bato’s security despite BIFF, ISIS threat

President Rodrigo R. Duterte, along with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left), 8th Infantry Division Commander Major General Jet Velarmino, and military officers, starts the meeting with a prayer at Camp Vicente Lukban in Catbalogan, Samar on August 8. (MNS photo)

President Rodrigo R. Duterte, along with Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (left), 8th Infantry Division Commander Major General Jet Velarmino, and military officers, starts the meeting with a prayer at Camp Vicente Lukban in Catbalogan, Samar on August 8. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has no plans yet to beef up the security details of its chief, Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa, amid his admission that drug lords are now teaming up with terrorist groups to kill him and President Rodrigo Duterte.

PNP spokesperson Sr. Supt. Dionardo Carlos said Dela Rosa already has enough security details who can protect him from any threat.

“The current security detail, they are taking the necessary measures to ensure the safety and security of the chief PNP,” he said in a press conference Wednesday, a day after Dela Rosa said drug lords fearing the government crackdown on illegal drug syndicates have teamed up with ISIS and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.

As chief PNP, Dela Rosa plays a big role in the Duterte administration’s campaign to end the illegal drug problem within six months.

At the press conference, Carlos vetted for the qualifications of the men and women ensuring Dela Rosa’s security, saying they are members of the PNP’s elite unit.

“I think the qualification and the background of the people around him now, malakas po yun,” he said. “They have background, they have been with SAF (Special Action Force), they have the proper training, they have the qualification, matataas yung qualificatiion ng mga ito.” he added.

He noted that Dela Rosa himself underwent US Ranger training.

“Hindi ho biro kasi ang trabaho niya ngayon. Talaga hong kasama siya, for the next six months, he just wants to deliver the promise of this government to the desire of the Filipino people na maalis yung droga kahit anim na buwan po,” Carlos said.

Carlos said Dela Rosa’s security is beefed up depending on the situation and intelligence they receive.

“The necessary coordination is done with the units so there are several rings. The inner ring, the security ring, is provided by the team, his security officers, and then there is going to be second and 3rd ring based on the activity,” he said.

“‘Yung inner rin andyan palagi, so when he goes out depending on the information received pwede po syang i-beef up sa second and third ring depending on the security,” he added. (MNS)

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