Sara thanks DND, AFP for activating security unit to protect VP, family


DAVAO CITY — Vice President-elect Sara Duterte lauded the Office of the National Defense (OND) and the security forces for heeding her request to activate the Vice Presidential Security and Protection Group (VPSPG).

The unit, which will secure the country’s second highest official and her family, will be separate from the Presidential Security Group (PSG), which secures the President and the first family. The DND has reportedly approved its activation.

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“Allow me to extend my gratitude to the Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and the entire DND organization and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Andres Centino and the whole of AFP for the positive response and action to the request that a security unit, separate from the Presidential Security Group (PSG), be created and assigned to the office of the vice president,” Duterte said in a statement to the media hours after the AFP announced the activation.

“The activation is commendable as it will resolve the matter of continuity in security for all vice presidents of the Philippines,” Duterte added.