June 17th, 2009
Leyte Samar Daily Express
TACLOBAN CITY — The number-two man of the Philippine National Police in the region yesterday advised Biliran Representative Glenn Chong to just follow rules and regulations at the this city airport, which would be the best example to the public’s eye in terms of adopting policies in the best interest for an orderly operations in public servicing area like airport.
This was how Chief Supt. Drusillo Bolodo, Police Regional Office 8 deputy regional director for administration, opined over the recent incident that took place at the airport when Chong reportedly got irritated when the Aviation Security Group prohibited his bodyguards to enter the arrival area to fetch him because of the existing policy that no one is being allowed except the passengers to occupy the arrival area for security reasons of the passengers.
According to Bolodo, everybody is subject to the existing policy at the airport being implemented by the Aviation Security Group and the rules cannot just exempt without prior notice and proper coordination with the government agencies concern in the safety and security of the airport.
“They should somehow coordinate with the Aviation Security Group prior to his arrival, para naayos ang lahat at di naman dapat biglaan kasi nga we have rules to be followed,” Bolodo explained.
However, on the part of Congressman Chong, in an interview he consistently explained the importance and presence of his security escort saying that they need them every minute of the day to protect his life while currently facing severe threats from undisclosed personalities who has motive and interest of his life.
“I cannot also disregard these threats, importante kaayo akong safety and security kay pwede ko patyon sa paggawas ko from arrival area kung wala ko’y security, importante kaayo sila sa ako, di pud ko gusto mawala ako kinabuhi na way lang hinungdan, especially karon hapit na election kabako naman pud ang mga atawo kung unsay kabutangan sa politika sa Biliran.. mao gain gi-question nako ngani di man puwede makasulod sa arrival area ako mga bodyguard maghulat pa ko nga patyon ko?” Chong lamented.
Bolodo said not even the PNP officials in the area are even allowed to bring their service firearms at the airport because of the policies they have to follow.
The arrival area, according to Bolodo, is also limited for a number of people but case to case basis that sometimes the security group can permit them to enter the said place.
Chong security escort has been into full alert after receiving threats of his life.
Congressman Chong said the threats of his life started immediately after the June 7,2008 slay try of his father Charlie, which resulted to the death two of their bodyguards. (MIRIAM GARCIA DESACADA)
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