MANILA, Philippines - Presidential Political Adviser Ronald Llamas has allegedly been receiving threats to his life, Malacanang said.
Prompted to answer on the high-caliber firearm found in the Llamas-owned sports utility vehicle that figured in an accident on Friday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told radio dzRB, “He occupies a sensitive position…There are threats to his life, he’s entitled to a security [detail]…as to the firearm, I’m not privy to that.”
An SUV from the office of Llamas was involved in a traffic accident along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City on Friday dawn. Truck driver Junnel Tenorio said he was driving slowly when the black Mitsubishi Montero Sport with plate number 6 bearing the acronym “OPA” crashed into his vehicle.
The traffic police and the media also saw an assault rifle beneath the driver’s seat, and several bullet-proof vests inside the SUV.
Llamas, who is still in Switzerland and was not around when the incident happened, confirmed that the SUV was his. A statement from his office also read, “The firearm in the vehicle is duly licensed and issued to the security detail of Secretary Llamas."
Lacierda did not comment further on the death threats Llamas has been receiving. He said the political adviser will explain the matter when he arrives, including details and information on the firearm.
He said he has not talked to the President on the matter.
Lacierda is sure, however, that an investigation will be made surrounding the firearm found in the SUV.