RETIRED police general-turned Baguio City Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong says he really needs security but won’t let City Hall pay for the expenses having a police bodyguard entails.
The member of Philippine Military Academy’ Sandigan’ Class of 1982 said his conscience won’t allow him to have members of the Police Security and Protection Group securing him everywhere he goes 24/7 and getting paid with Baguio City taxpayer’s money.
“Having a police security is quite expensive. You have to have another vehicle for them, you have to buy gasoline everyday, pay for their meals three times a day, pay for their living quarters, the electricity, water bills etc. and most importantly, give them some sort of monthly allowance. That’s a fact and I won’t allow my constituents to pay for those expenses,” Magalong said.
Magalong said he has been getting death threats following his expose on the ninja cops in Pampanga prompting much tighter security at the Baguio City Hall.
The former PNP Special Action Force official, warned that those threatening him and his family should make sure that he will not survive. “Wala lang galawan ng pamilya. O kaya they just have to make sure na kung may ginawa sila sa akin, I will not survive. Otherwise, all hell will break loose,” he told the press.
Yesterday, Philippine National Police chief General Oscar D. Albayalde said Magalong can formally ask him for a police security if he really needs it.
Gen. Albayalde last year ordered the recall of PSPG personnel assigned to retired police brigadier generals specifically those who were not really assigned to risky assignments during their active days. As a rule, only major generals up can request a PSPG bodyguard subject to the approval of the Chief,PNP.
Later this year, Journal Group sources said that the policy was bent a little bit to accommodate the request of retired one-star police generals including retired Regional Directors who are considered high-risk individuals due to threats to their lives triggered by their involvement in the government’s war on drugs, criminality and corruption.
Gen. Albayalde said he also has ordered the return of the police security to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chair, Director General Aaron N. Aquino who retired as Police Regional Office 3 director in Central Luzon.
He also said that he has ordered PRO3 director Brig. Gen. Joel Napoleon M. Coronel to return Aquino’s security men who were pulled out from the latter supposedly to help secure the forthcoming SEA Games.
“In fairness and in the name of justice, pinabalik ko lahat ‘yung request ni DG Aquino lahat ng security niya, para po mawala ‘yung ganyang tinatanong sa akin,” the PNP chief said.