THE Presidential Security Group (PSG) has intensified security for President Duterte after his inclusion in the “hit list” of the New People’s Army (NPA), the military arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
In fact, the hard-hitting Duterte, a lawyer and the first Mindanaoan to occupy the top political post of the land, topped the so-called NPA “hit list,” according to reports reaching PSG commander Brig. Gen. Ariel Niembra.
“We have received information that the President is the number one target, not only of the (leftist) CPP-NPA but of the drug lords and (other) syndicate groups,” said General Niembra.
“We always say the mission of the PSG is to see to it that we have a living President day by day,” adding “we take it seriously…it’s the life of the President and the survival of the country.”
During last Wednesday’s briefing in Malacanang, the PSG commander assured, however, that the 74-year-old President is “safe and secure,” vowing to do everything to protect him.
Earlier, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, a former chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) revealed that he and President Duterte were in the NPA “hit list.”
Aside from Duterte and Esperon, also included in the “hit list” are Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ano and Secretary Allen Capuyan of the National Commission of Indigenous Peoples.
What is significant here is that the PSG and other concerned government offices and agencies are clearly on top of the situation.
This, despite the fact that the President sometimes gives the PSG a hard time, even refusing to give up his hobby of riding motorcycles. But he knows how to handle himself well as well as his limitations.
Indeed, the elite PSG has perfected the art of protecting the President and members of his family.