Duterte to impose 2-security-staff limit for politicians in 2017


Posted at Dec 19 2016 06:55 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he will impose next year the two-security-officer limit for politicians. 

According to Duterte, having a lot of security officers around makes a politician arrogant.

"We all know these politicians, they have an army escort of two, they have police [escorts], so nobody would touch them. Every time they go to places, people would know that there is an idiot there pretending to be a big one when he is not. He wants his presence felt by the crowd," Duterte said in a speech during the 2016 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals & Organizations Overseas at Malacañang.

"So, when there is no security, they are afraid," he added.

The President said starting next year, politicians will only be allowed to have two security officers.

"Next year I will impose the two [security officer] limit. Two security officers, and the rest will move out," Duterte said.