No special police security for GMA

    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Central Luzon police director Chief Superintendent Arturo Cacdac said here yesterday the police has no special security plans for president-turned-congresswoman Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for her congressional term, but said she would continue to be entitled to the usual security provided to former presidents by the Presidential Security Group (PSG).

    Mrs. Arroyo will use her privately owned car to motor today to the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here where she will take oath as congresswoman representing Pampanga’s second district. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Eduardo Nachura will preside over the oathtaking.

    “Of course Mrs. Arroyo will be entitled to special security privileges in the same way that other former presidents are secured. But I suppose this arrangement will be covered by the PSG,” Cacdac said in an interview.

    Mrs. Arroyo is the first president to run to another public office after her presidential term.

    While noting that the case of Mrs. Arroyo is unprecedented, Cacdac said that the police has not come out with any special security plans for her as congresswoman.

    “Like other politicians, however, she can request for police security personnel during her sorties. Pres. Arroyo is known to visit far flung areas and the police can secure her in these areas if she requests so,” he said.

    Newly installed Pampanga police director Senior Supt. Primitivo Retirado said no special security preparations for Mrs. Arroyo at the convention center where she is expected to arrive past noon after her official ride with incoming Pres. Benigno Aquino III up to the Quirino grandstand for his presidential inaugural.

    “The police security for her will be on the same level we provide other congressmen in the province,” Retirado said.

    Incoming Gov. Lilia Pineda said Mrs. Arroyo will be sworn in simultaneously with three other reelected congressmen, all elected provincial officials, and all 21 mayors in Pampanga.

    “There will be no fanfare and it will not be a solo oathtaking. All elected provincial officials and mayors from Pampanga will take their oath of office simultaneously,” she said.

    Earlier, outgoing Presidential Management Staff head Elena Bautista-Horn already announced that Mrs. Arroyo would be heading straight to Pampanga after bringing Aquino to the Quirino Grandstand in Manila for his inaugural at about noon on June 30.

    Pineda said the President, who would be Congresswoman Arroyo past 12 of June 30, is expected to arrive at the Guiao Sports Complex by about 1 p.m.

    She said Nachura was requested to preside over the oath taking here, as “we don’t have a Kapampangan justice in the Supreme Court.”

    Almost all local officials who were elected in Pampanga last May 10 are political supporters of the President, including Pineda’s daughter Mylene who was elected Mayor of Lubao and her daughter-in-law Yolanda who was reelected Mayor of Sta. Rita.


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