ELECTION 2013 Bagulaya favors granting of security details to vice-governors, mayors
TACLOBAN CITY—Leyte Governor Ma. Mimietta “Mimyet” Bagulaya said she is inclined to allow vice- governors and mayors, among others, to be granted with their own security details in relation to the forthcoming elections.
In fact, Bagulaya said she has signed a resolution issued by the League of Vice-Governors of the Philippines asking the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to allow vice-governors to have security details of their own coming from the police or the military.
Bagulaya, then the vice-governor of the province, was named as governor when Gov. Carlos Jericho “Icot” Petilla was named as Energy Secretary by President Aquino. She is still considered as an ex-officio member of the Vice Governors
League of the Philippines, the reason why she signed the petition made by the country’s vice-governors last week.
At present, the Comelec only allows the governors and congressmen to have their security detail relative to the forthcoming May 2013 midterm elections.
They are entitled to have two security escorts either coming from the Philippine National Police (PNP) or the Philippine Army.
Vice-governors and mayors, among others, could have their security details provided that the security agencies where they would get their escorts are accredited by the Comelec.
Here in the region, Bagulaya was among the governors who have applied for security detail. She is running for a provincial seat representing Leyte’s third district.
According to Bagulaya, just like the governors and the congressmen, the lives of the vice- governors could also be a subject for threats.
As to the mayors, she is also inclined to provide them with their own security escorts
“Not all security agencies in the provinces are accredited before the Comelec to provide security details among officials like vice-governors,” Bagulaya said.
Under the rule, only security agencies that are accredited before the Comelec could provide security details to vice governors and mayors, among others.
“In fact, the mayors in the third district are also seeking for a security detail of their own,” she said.
“Considering of a possible occurrence of election-related violence in the district, there is a need for mayors to have their own escorts” the lady governor added.
Otherwise, the governor said, these officials may just be forced to have their own private armed groups.
The PNP and the Army, on the directive of the Comelec, are in the process in dismantling these private armed groups in order to achieve peaceful and orderly elections in the country.
By JOEY A. GABIETA,
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