Duterte revives Alunan doctrine on private army

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 12 2016 03:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte. Erik De Castro, Reuters

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he is reviving the so-called Alunan doctrine, which limits the number of armed guards of politicians.

“I’d like to announce that I’m going back to the Alunan doctrine. [Having] two or more armed guards is [considered] a private army. Iyang dalawa na iyan, if two bodyguards cannot save you, then that is your destiny in this world,” Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang.

The Alunan doctrine was introduced by former Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan III, who served during presidency of Fidel Ramos.

In a Facebook post back in October 2015, Alunan said he initiated Oplan Paglalansag during his stint as Interior secretary.

Alunan said this “called for setting the rule that more than two armed men moving or assembling in a group constitute a private army that must be broken up and disarmed. It also called for the recovery of loose firearms throughout the country.”

In his speech, Duterte recalled how he removed the security aides of local politicians who were allegedly abusing the privilege.

"May mayors tinanggalan ko ng bodyguard because sila yung mga warlords na. They strut around," he said.