Palace on security guards in Camp Crame: Why not?

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 15 2014 02:46 PM | Updated as of Jan 15 2014 10:46 PM

MANILA - Malacañang defended the plan of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to hire security guards to man the gates of Camp Crame.

In a press conference, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said it is only normal to send policemen to the streets to avert crimes.

“I think the overall policy is to let the policemen be on the streets rather than doing whatever you say, [whether] it’s camp security or doing clerical work. Is that the prime mandate of the policeman? What is the role of the policeman? To serve and protect the people,” he said.

The Palace also made an assurance that the selection of the security agency that would man Camp Crame would undergo bidding amid qualms that the step may only serve to favor agencies owned by retired police generals.

Lacierda said that the plan should be given a chance, adding that corrective measures would be made if there would be problems later on.

“Idadaan ‘yan sa bidding naman. Walang problema ‘yan. You can always inquire naman as to the process of bidding. I don’t think that’s an issue. As in any procurement… this government is very transparent regardless of the fact [that] most of the security agencies are owned by retired generals. That should not be an issue kasi dadaan ‘yan sa proseso,” he said.