Dasma village lauds security guards in Binay row

by Jojo Malig, ABS-CBNNews.com

Posted at Dec 23 2013 07:05 PM | Updated as of Dec 24 2013 03:05 AM

Dasma village lauds security guards in Binay row 1
Dasmariñas Village Association letter to residents praising the security guards involved in the row with Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.

MANILA - Four guards of Dasmarinas Village who refused to allow Makati Mayor Junjun Binay's convoy to pass a secured gate have been given commendations and gifts by the housing association.

The Dasmariñas Village Association (DVA), in a letter sent Monday to residents, said the four guards are continuing their duty in ensuring the security and safety of the community.

"[They] have been given both commendations and gifts from residents, who have shown their support for the guards' performance in upholding and implementing Dasmariñas Village policies," said the letter signed by DVA president Jay Pantangco.

The village guards barred Binay's convoy from the using the Banyan Road gate last November 30.

The subdivision bars all vehicles from passing through the gate after 10 p.m. for security purposes. Vehicles have to go through other gates, including one just 200 meters away from the Banyan Road gate.

Tension ensued, with Binay calling for police and his personal security bringing out their firearms.

The guards were later "invited" by the Makati police, but denied they were arrested. Police also claimed they had to verify the firearms belonging to the security guards.

Joey Salgado, Binay's spokesman, said in an interview on radio dzMM that the situation turned for the worse because the security guards manning the Banyan gate of the village called for back-up, who allegedly encircled the convoy.

Pantangco, meanwhile, defended the security guards.

"Dasmariñas Village is a private subdivision," he said.

"DVA stands by the actions of our security guards, who in performing their duty, upheld DVA's existing policy and procedure during the incident," he added.

"The DVA board is still fully committed to continue to uphold our policies for the security and safety of our residents," Pantangco said.