- Residents of Dona Luisa Phase 1 are taking extra security measures as their neighbor Rodrigo Duterte, is now President of the Philippines
- Their immediate plan of action is to implement stickers for vehicles inside the subdivision
- They say they are happy that Duterte became president and they would prefer him to stay in their neighborhood than in Manila
For the first time in five years, the homeowners of Dona Luisa Phase 1 are meeting to discuss changes they have to adapt in their community now that their neighbor is President of the Philippines.
Since former Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won the country's top post, more than a dozen security details from the Presidential Security Group (PSG), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have been patrolling the neighborhood 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Some residents admit they have apprehensions about this.
"We all know na ang Presidentemaraming threats. May mga sasakyan na hindi natin alam kung saan galing. Kung sasakyan ba ‘yan ng ISIS o sasakyan ba yan ng mga bisita,” said Dr. Carlos Capitan, Vice president of Dona Luisa Phase 1 Home Owners Association.
(We all know that a President has a lot of threats. There are vehicles that we do not know where it came from, whether it is a vehicle of the ISIS or just of a visitor’s.)
But the residents still feel the need to intensify the security in their community – for their safety and the President’s as well.
In the recent homeowners association meeting, the residents agreed to conduct a census. There are about 250 households in the area.
They plan to issue stickers for vehicles inside the subdivision.
“Hindi natin alam, baka car bomb pala. Or alam mo na cell phone lang eh, pag-click lang, pagdaan ng Presidente, pwede. Nangyayari na ‘yan sa Cotabato at ibang bansa,” Dr. Capitan added.
(We wouldn’t know, it might be a car bomb or just using a cell phone, one click, and when the President passes, it will explode. It already happened in Cotabato and in other countries.)
Some residents are taking their own initiatives to ensure the President’s security. One resident named Jenny Martinez even offered their veranda if the PSG need any higher ground to have a lookout.
It may be difficult to have a president for a neighbor but these people say they wouldn’t have it any other way. They say they would rather have President Duterte stay here where they believe he is much safer than reside in Manila for the next six years.
In the many decades that President Duterte has lived in the community, residents say he has become like family to them. Dr. Capitan, one of the neighbors, said the president is very generous. If there is a neighbor who needs assistance, especially during funerals, he will really stop by and talk to the family.
And just as they would want for a family member, some residents will do what they can to protect the President.
“Everybody is looking out for him whether he asks for it or not, kasi Mayor pa lang siya, people love him na kaagad. Hindi na nya kailangang hingin, matagal nang binigay without asking.” (When he was still Mayor, people love him already. He doesn’t need to ask for it. It has long been given to him even without asking.) Duterte's neighbor, Jenny, added. - Kami Media