MANILA - The Philippine National Police could not grant mayors' plea for additional security more than the 2 officers assigned to them, its chief said Tuesday.
"Di naman siguro pwedeng ibigay lahat yung mga nanunungkulang local police dahil wala nang maiiwang magpa-patrolya sa ating kalsada, kawawa naman yung ibang kababayan natin…Peace is for everybody, hindi lang sa iisa," Dir. Gen. Oscar Albayalde told DZMM radio.
(We cannot give all on-duty local police because no one would be left to patrol the streets. Peace is for everybody, not just for one.)
Mayors are usually assigned 2 police security "if they qualify after validation and threat assessment" by the Police Security and Protection Group and the Directorate for Intelligence, PNP spokesperson Senior Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. told ABS-CBN News.
If the local officials continue to fear for their security or if they should attend a large occasion, the police can add perimeter security for the entire event, Albayalde in the interview.
"Hindi po puwedeng kung 2 lang ang darating na mayor, gagawin nating 10 para lang dun sa mayor. Mauubos ang aming pulis dahil lang sa pagbibigay ng VIP security," he said.
(We cannot increase the number of police to 10 just because of the mayor. We will lose all police officers just to provide VIP security.)
Should politicians want additional security detail, they may hire from agencies accredited by the PNP, said Albayalde.
The League of Municipalities of the Philippines last week
sought that its members be allowed to have more bodyguards following the deaths of 2 mayors.
Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili of Batangas was shot dead on Monday during a flag ceremony. The gunman was supposedly perched on a grassy area near the crime scene.
On Tuesday, General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote of Nueva Ecija was shot at close range by unidentified gunmen.
Trece Martires Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan of Cavite was killed in an ambush in his town on Saturday. His driver also died in the incident.
Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge Eduardo Año earlier said there was no apparent system or pattern in the deaths.