Mangudadatu asks Comelec for more security escorts

January 28, 2010 10:47 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 28 – The Commission on Election (Comelec) is expected to decide next week whether to allow the Mangudadatu clan to have additional security detail.

Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle said that the commission would examine the request of the Mangudadatu and expected to come up with the decision next week.

“Considering the special circumstance involved in the request, we will see if it can be granted or not for two more additional security personnel. We will consider these threats in assessing whether we will grant you additional security detail,” he said.

Tagle said the commission would also ask the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to study the request of the Mangudadatu.

On Thursday, Buluan Vice Mayor Toto Mangudadatu and, brother, Toy Khadafeeh, visited Tagle’s office, requesting that their security personnel be redeployed after they were pulled out by authorities last November.

“We don’t have bodyguards right now, we used to have two security details but they were relieved,” the local official of Bulan said.

Two security details are allowed for each candidate as provided for by the Comelec resolution on nationwide gun ban.

The Mangudadatus are considered as the primary targets of the gruesome murder allegedly masterminded by their rival, the Ampatuan clan.

Tagle said that giving in to the request should not set as a precedent for other politicians asking for additional security.

Tagle noted that aside from Mangudadatu, Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez has a pending request for security details.

Last December, the Comelec implemented a nationwide gun ban, but exempting uniformed members of the PNP and the AFP and other law enforcement agencies. (PNA) RMA/FGP/utb

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