By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
The two police security details recalled by the Philippine National Police (PNP) from Senator Antonio Trillanes IV have been reassigned, the opposition lawmaker confirmed Tuesday.
Trillanes, in an interview on ANC, said the PNP sent back two cops for his security days after they were withdrawn from him.
“Let me just update you that this morning, the PNP personnel were reassigned to me,” he told ANC’s Headstart.
Trillanes said he is also expecting that the security detail from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will also be reassigned.
Denying anew allegations that he had six security men, Trillanes said he has only two at present following the PNP personnel’s reassignment. He said he does not have men from the Senate to guard him.
He reiterated he “never complained” about the recall of the government security personnel. He said he appreciates the PNP and AFP giving him security detail as he requested.
“Because it gives me at least some sense of security and that would help me in my work so I won’t hold back,” he said.
Unlike his earlier statements, Trillanes, this time, opted not to give malice on the recall of his security men.
“Well, I give them the benefit of the doubt,” he said.
He, however, raised that his security detail should not be recalled amid the spate of killing of local government officials.
“Normally, you wouldn’t need security if there is peace and order in the land but local government officials are being killed left and right. So now is not the time to pull out security from government officials, precisely because of what is happening,” he said.
The PNP earlier said it recalled Trillanes’ security detail after their contracts expired in June. A review on whether or not they should continue with their assignment with Trillanes is ongoing.
The AFP personnel’s contracts, likewise, were recalled in the end of June, Trillanes said.