THE chief security officer of President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was Davao City mayor, Senior Superintendent Filmore B. Escobal -- a younger brother of Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group director Chief Supt. Arnel B. Escobal -- is now the new director of the Police Security and Protection Group.
The younger Escobal, a member of Philippine Military Academy Class 1991, replaced Chief Supt. Joel Crisostomo DL Garcia, a classmate at the PMA “Sinagtala” Class of 1986 of both outgoing PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa and incoming top cop Director Oscar D. Albayalde.
He has been assigned in Davao City since 1993 and has commanded almost all city police stations since then.
With his new position, Escobal will be the first member of PMA Class 1991 to become a one-star police general. He used to be the PSPG deputy director and head of its Presidential Protection Unit tasked to guard President Duterte and the First Family.
Already in its 27th year, the PSPG is the main PNP unit tasked to secure national leaders and other foreign dignitaries in the country.
The PSPG has been cited too for its massive reform program and best practices in securing national leaders and other dignitaries as proven by its role in the PNP’s “zero-incident” accomplishments in previous major international events held in the country including the visit of top world leaders led by Pope Francis and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and ASEAN summit participants.
Gen. Dela Rosa has congratulated the PSPG for the their good work in providing protective security services to national government officials, foreign dignitaries, other individuals deserving protection, as well as vital government installations.
Mandated by law to secure government officials, foreign dignitaries and private individuals whose lives are under constant threat, the PSPG continues to play a major role in keeping peace and order in the streets thru the best practices it is undertaking in its continuing transformation program.
Escobal has reiterated the need for all PSPG Protective Security Personnel and Protectees to observe the general rules, policies and guidelines when it comes to their actual deployment. He also required PSPG personnel providing security to private individuals to be in proper police uniform 24/7.
The PSPG traces its humble beginnings in 1990 when, by virtue of the DILG Act of 1990, the Police Security Unit was created and later renamed to Police Security Command on January 18, 1991. The unit was renamed the Police Security and Protection Office on November 12, 1996 and on April 10, 2008 got the name PSPG pursuant to a National Police Commission resolution.
The PSPG performs various functions such as in supporting the Presidential Security Group in providing security to the President and the First Family; undertaking relative continuing studies and evolve plans on police security protection matters; and in promulgating rules and regulations necessary to carry out their objectives, policies and functions.