Kuwaiti envoy’s guard stopped for gun

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MANILA, Philippines—The Makati City police stood firm in its implementation of the nationwide gun ban, charging a bodyguard of an ambassador to Manila with violation of the election prohibition.

Makati police chief Senior Supt. Manuel Lukban Jr. said city police on Saturday afternoon apprehended Noel Aspa, 31, a “protective agent” of Accuria Executive Protection and Detective Services Inc. who was hired to provide security for the Kuwaiti ambassador to the Philippines.

Aspa was stopped at 1:40 p.m. by a security guard manning the entrance to Greenbelt 5 as he entered ahead of Ambassador Waleed Ahmad Al-Kandari.

Aspa refused to deposit his firearm, a 9-mm pistol, with 15 rounds of ammunition, prompting the mall guard to radio policemen patrolling near the area for help.

Lukban said that out of respect for the diplomat, and so as to “not jeopardize his security,” the police confiscated the gun but allowed Aspa to enter with the ambassador.

The Makati police, however, went ahead and filed a complaint in court against Aspa for violating the Omnibus Election Code.

“If the judge issues a warrant of arrest for him, then we’ll arrest him,” Lukban said.

High profile requires exemption

Lukban reminded private security agencies that no matter how high profile their clients were, they were still “specifically required to seek an exemption from the Commission on Elections.”

Once an exemption is approved, private security guards are required to be in uniform when they carry their guns, and they must wear their IDs visibly on their fronts.

Aspa was in civilian clothes and could not present any papers showing that he was exempted from the gun ban. “They filed for an exemption but it has not yet been approved,” Lukban said.

According to National Capital Region Police Office director Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina, between Jan. 13 and Feb. 17, the NCRPO arrested 239 persons in Metro Manila for violating the election gun ban.

The NCRPO has confiscated 136 firearms, nine hand grenades and other explosives, and 111 deadly weapons, he said.

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  • opinyonlangpo

    The COMELEC should have exempted secutiry details of foreign emissaries right from the start. If ever something wrong happened then, I don’t think the COMELEC will take responsibility for the life of the emissary. Its better if they also hire some psychiatrist to check the day to day sanity of the COMELEC officials.

  • indiosbravos2002

    At least what the Comelec should have done is expedite the requests for exemption from these security firms before the campaign period started.

    • mfdo

       no.. Comelec should exempt Diplomats by default, as is the norm in other countries .. and .. well, maybe PH as usual have their own “PROTOCOLS” ?? :D

  • batangpaslit

    bakit hindi ginawang exception ang mga bodyguards ng mga diplomatic officials

  • mfdo

    comedy central, come to Philippines !!!!!! on one side, killings galore, and then on the other side, Diplomats are relieved of their security ..

    I wonder if the same rule applied to US Embassy staff as well, or as usual, the US Embassy staff are exempted :D

    And that makes me wonder if PH is still a colony of USA !!

    It is FUN in the PHILIPPINES .. yah, sure ..

    • kanoy

      The Makati City police stood firm in its implementation of the nationwide gun ban
      NATIONWIDE GUN BAN? THAT IS A FARCE, THE AMBASSADOR SHOULD RAISE THIS ISSUE WITH THE U.N. THERE ARE 300+ ARMED FILIPINO IN SABAH RIGHT NOW AND NOT 1 LAWMAKER IS SEEKING TO PRESS CHARGES AGAINST ANY OF THEM ALSO,,,,,

      Lukban said that out of respect for the diplomat, and so as to “not jeopardize his security,” the police confiscated the gun but allowed Aspa to enter with the ambassador

      THEY SHOULD CONFISCATE ALL THEIR 300+ ARMS, FAR MORE LETHAL THAN A 9-MM, THEN ALLOW THEM TO ENTER SABAH WITH THE SULTAN, FOR HIS PROTECTION

  • MC M

    Is there any form of Diplomatic security provided for foreign diplomats by the Police or government? 

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