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Friday, April 25, 2014


YOU wouldn’t believe it. It’s not only the private business establishments.

Irony of ironies, the 150,000-strong Philippine National Police (PNP) last January announced it will be hiring security guards to guard Camp Crame, its official home, from intruders.

Let’s just hope no theft or robbery happens at Camp Crame under the watch of these security guards.

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As what Romulo Aying, a vice president of the Philippine Association of Detective and Protective Agency Operators (PADPAO) Region 7 chapter said, whenever an establishment is robbed, the usual question being asked is, “Where’s the police?”

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The PADPAO Region 7 chapter inducted its officers Friday at the Grand Convention Center. The officers were led by Engr. Ramoncito “Dondon” Arquiza. One of his two vice presidents is lawyer Edgar Gica.

And guess who was their guest speaker? It was former Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 director Marcelo Garbo Jr., now a three-star general and chief of the PNP directorial staff in Camp Crame and number one promoter of Cebu’s dive spots.

Now we have an idea of the burden resting on the shoulders of private security guards guarding the PNP property and all the top brass in Camp Crame.

It must be a tough task guarding all the generals in Camp Crame.

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My compañero, Edgar Gica, said security guards can help the police in maintaining peace and order.

That’s a timely suggestion, especially now that the Cebu City Government is running out of fuel, which may even affect the city’s police patrol cars.

But we should also be careful with security guards.

It’s okay with the Centurion security guards posted in the building where I hold office and who keep on saluting me.

But remember the security guard who shot dead the British dive shop operator in Malapascua Island.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 26, 2014.

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