Duterte delivers speech behind bulletproof glass: 'Someone wants me killed'

Composite photo of President Rodrigo Duterte during his speech in Malabon  via GMA News and Rappler 

On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte addressed the crowd during a PDP-Laban rally in Malabon with a rectangular bulletproof glass near the presidential podium onstage.

And at one point in his speech, the president said someone wanted him dead as he went on to inspect the protective glass panel.

"May gusto mang pumatay sa akin. Pero palagay ko pa naman ang buhay ay swerte-swerte lang. Kung panahon ko na talaga, wala na akong magawa," Duterte said.

"Tingnan ko lang kung gaano kakapal ‘to. Mukha hong hindi matablan ito ng bala, baka pintik siguro kaya," he added.

He also explained that he had no control over the security details prepared by the Presidential Security Group (PSG).

"Alam mo ha itong picture frame na ito ha iyon ang hindi ko na kontrolado. Sumama man ang loob ko, magalit ako, hindi ko mautusan ang security setup ng PSG, Presidential Guards, kasi sila talaga ang masunod," the President said.

"Noong bago pa ako, I kind of insisted na ‘yung akin ang masunod kasi ang mga tao po ay hindi na nakakapaglapit sa akin. Eh, sanay na ako ‘yung mayor tuloy-tuloy ako, ine-embrace ko sila. Lalo na kung maraming babae, talagang natatagalan ako," he added

Meanwhile, the Chief of the PSG on Wednesday explained the need for a bulletproof glass shield for the Chief Executive.

“PSG decided to put bulletproof glass on the presidential podium because the activity was situated in an open area,” Brigadier General Jose Eriel Niembra said in a statement.

“Whilst our President wanted to have close encounter and dialogues with the people, PSG acknowledges the need to balance security and accessibility of the President,” he added.

Source: GMA News

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