PNP to strictly enforce ‘Alunan Doctrine’ on pols’ bodyguards

January 09, 2019

PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde assured that they will continue implementing President Duterte’s order for them to strictly follow the so-called “Alunan Doctrine” which limits to only two the number of armed security personnel for politicians and other personalities during the May 13 mid-term national and local elections.

Since December 2016, the PNP has been under orders to fully enforce the Alunan Doctrine despite strong opposition from affected personalities, the Journal Group learned.

Records showed that on December 5, 2016, Malacañang through Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco directed the Department of Interior and Local Government to reimpose the Alunan Doctrine which provides that government officials can only have two security personnel protecting them.

The Alunan doctrine was introduced by Rafael Alunan III who served as DILG secretary during the Fidel V. Ramos presidency. Alunan was the one who initiated the vaunted PNP Oplan: Paglalansag which is a police’s nationwide campaign against private armed groups and loose weapons.

Under the Omnibus Election Code, no candidate for public office, including incumbent public officers seeking election to any public offices, shall employ, avail himself of or engage the services of security personnel or bodyguards, whether or not such bodyguards are regular members of the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines or other law enforcement agency of the Government without any authority from the poll body.

When circumstances warrant, including but not limited to threats to their life and security, the following persons may also be allowed to employ two private security personnel or bodyguards from duly licensed private security service providers: Incumbent public officials, whether elected or appointed; Candidates or his/her immediate family within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity; and Private individuals.