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Duterte security aide tests positive, recovers from coronavirus

May 19, 2020 - 12:47 PM

At least 90 Presidential Security Group personnel test positive through rapid tests but negative in more stringent swab tests. They were put in isolation in a building in the Malacañang complex.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on April 20, 2020. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Presidential Security Group to go on lockdown, all personnel on self-quarantine

Mar 27, 2020 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) PSG commander Colonel Jesus Durante III says President Rodrigo Duterte will continue to be secured by his close-in detail who all tested negative for the coronavirus disease

PSG GROUP COMMANGER. PSG chief Colonel Jesus Durante III addresses PSG personnel on February 26, 2020. Photo from the PSG Facebook page

PSG hits congressman Eric Yap for 'endangering' Malacañang officials, staff

Mar 26, 2020 - 3:42 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Security Group Commander Colonel Jesus Durante says he will file a case against ACT-CIS Representative Eric Yap 'if necessary'

SPECIAL MEETING. ACT-CIS Representative Eric Yap (1st from L) is seen meeting with Congress and House members on March 21, 2020, 4 days before his positive COVID-19 results came out. Photo courtesy of Senator Bong Go

Duterte backs out of Boracay visit over coronavirus threat

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:12 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte will not proceed to Boracay after 'careful review' of the coronavirus situation in the Philippines

CHANGE IN PLANS. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases at Malacañang on March 9, 2020. Malacañang photo

'Ligo tayo': Amid coronavirus, Duterte jokes he'll swim in Boracay with Puyat

Mar 10, 2020 - 9:58 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also brushes aside a 'no-touch' policy between him and the public

ANOTHER JOKE? President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat prior to the start of the 46th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on March 2, 2020. Malacañang photo

'No touch:' PSG bans close contact with Duterte amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 09, 2020 - 2:55 PM

The Presidential Security Group says it will also assess and may cancel large gatherings on President Rodrigo Duterte's schedule

NO TOUCHING. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over a meeting in Malacañang on March 4, 2020. Malacañang photo

Duterte to offer 'millions' as prize in next military drill contest

Feb 25, 2020 - 11:44 PM

The President reiterates an order for daily military drills in public, which he says will give people a sense of security and pride

MILITARY DRILLS. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes the participants of the 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on December 20, 2019. Malacañang photo

'Full-blooded Scout Ranger' Jesus Durante is new PSG commander

Feb 24, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The Davao City-born Army colonel is the erstwhile chief of the Presidential Security Group's Presidential Escorts Battalion, and has master's degrees in defense analysis and development security

CLOSE-IN SECURITY. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the inspection of the troops during the Presidential Security Group (PSG) Change of Command Ceremony at the PSG Compound in Malacañang Park, Manila on May 30, 2018. Malacanññang Photo

Drug suspects arrested in buy busts inside Malacañang complex

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:46 PM

The tip comes from the Presidential Security Group about individuals selling shabu inside the Malacañang compound

File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

'It was an open area:' PSG explains bulletproof glass for Duterte in Malabon rally

Apr 03, 2019 - 9:08 PM

But President Rodrigo Duterte does not use a bulletproof glass shield in other PDP-Laban rallies held outdoors, with even bigger crowds

Screenshot from RTVM

PSG gets more bomb-sniffing dogs to protect Duterte

Sep 17, 2018 - 6:03 PM

The Presidential Security Group will get 18 new dogs under the 2018 budget

DINDO'S DUTY. Presidential Security Guard (PSG) Chief Sergeant Richard Parco plays with Dindo, a k9 Belgian Malinois dog, inside the Malacanang Grounds in Manila. File photo by Lito Boras/

Presidential Security Group to have new chief on May 30

May 25, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Colonel Jim Niembra will formally assume the post on May 30, replacing Brigadier General Lope Dagoy who takes command of the 802nd Infantry Brigade in Leyte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte breaks bread with Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander Brigadier General Lope Dagoy and the personnel of the PSG during the Christmas Party in Davao City on December 15, 2017. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOT

Malacañang reporters temporarily barred from Palace grounds

May 01, 2018 - 11:58 AM

The Presidential Security Group says this was due to heightened security measures implemented for Labor Day

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 23, 2018

Feb 23, 2018 - 1:39 PM

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Duterte on Ranada, Lorenzana on PSG, Napolcom on Dela Rosa | Evening wRap

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:01 PM

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Rappler denounces PSG chief's threat vs reporter Pia Ranada

Feb 21, 2018 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) In response, Dagoy says, 'Me to apologize? In their dreams! Sila ang mag-apologize sa sundalo ko (They should be the one to apologize to my soldier).'

PRESIDENTIAL SECURITY. President Rodrigo Duterte and Presidential Security Group Commander Brigadier General Lope Dagoy at the change of command ceremony at the PSG Compound on March 23, 2017. Malacanang file photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 21, 2018

Feb 21, 2018 - 12:44 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and newly-appointed Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander Colonel Lope Dagoy witness the program proper during the Change of Command Ceremony at the PSG Compound in Malacañang Park on March 23, 2017. ROLANDO MAILO/ Presidential Photo

Medialdea on Rappler, PSG Commander on Ranada, Worldwide Threat Assessment | Midday wRap

Feb 21, 2018 - 12:44 PM

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PSG chief's remark vs Rappler reporter 'uncalled for' – Lorenzana

Feb 21, 2018 - 12:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'Whatever Rappler's offense, the PSG [has] no right to harm Rappler's people [or] threaten them,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

DND secretary Delfin Lorenzana attends the senate hearing on the controversial navy frigates deal on February 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PSG commander to Rappler reporter: Be thankful Palace guard didn't hurt you

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:53 AM

'Pasalamat kayo hindi kayo sinaktan sa pagbabastos na ginawa 'nyo,' says PSG Commander Brigadier General Lope Dagoy

Rappler still allowed to cover Malacañang events – Medialdea

Feb 20, 2018 - 1:52 PM

But the Office of the President changes its tune a few hours later

PSG officer found dead in Malacañang Park

Sep 26, 2017 - 10:35 AM

(4th UPDATE) Major Harim Gonzaga, a 37-year-old father of two, sustains a gunshot wound in his chest area, in a case still being investigated by authorities

Pangilinan, PSG, Trump and Putin | Midday wRap

Jul 19, 2017 - 1:49 PM

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Duterte security aides hurt in clash with communist rebels

Jul 19, 2017 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED The encounter is triggered by the discovery of 50 suspected communist rebels posing as soldiers manning a fake military checkpoint

PSG adjusts number of guard dogs for ‘active’ Duterte

Jul 05, 2017 - 4:13 PM

The PSG revises its target number of dogs to 30 from 25 because of President Rodrigo Duterte s frequent travels all over the country

Presidential Security Guard (PSG) Chief Sergeant Richard Parco plays with Dindo, a k9 Belgian Malinois dog, inside the Malacanang Ground in Manila on Wednesday. according to a recent Commission on Audit report, the PSG has a shortage of bomb-sniffing k9 dogs with only 20 remaining active dogs deployed ensuring the safety and security of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Lito Boras/

Wanted: Duterte Dog Squad

Jul 04, 2017 - 8:14 PM

The Commission on Audit says the Presidential Security Group has only 20 working dogs – less than the minimum 25 required

PROTECTION. A company of K-9 units line-up for their deployment to Sulu province. File photo from AFP-PAO

Commission on Appointments OKs promotion of Duterte's PSG chief

May 24, 2017 - 2:37 PM

Presidential Security Group commander Lope Dagoy was unable to attend his confirmation hearing as he was with President Rodrigo Duterte in Russia

GUARDING THE PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte is assisted by Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander Rolando Bautista during the launch of the PSG's vegetable garden program. Malacañang file photo

Presidential Security Group checks Manila blast site

May 07, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Soldiers belonging to Joint Task Force NCR are also deployed to the site of the twin explosions

Explosion rocks Quiapo on Saturday evening, May 6, 2017. The first explosion took place around 6pm killing 2 people. Two hours later, another explosion took place at the exact spot just as the police and SOCO are wrapping up their investigation. 6 injuries were reported in the twin blasts that took place along Norzagaray Street near the Islamic Center. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PSG chief 'ready' to protect 10 ASEAN leaders

Apr 24, 2017 - 4:59 PM

Introducing Task Force Chieftain the special team in charge of protecting the 10 Southeast Asian leaders attending the 30th ASEAN Summit from April 28 to 29

NOT TAKING CHANCES. PSG Commander Lope Dagoy says, 'As security officers, we are paranoid even if we haven't identified a specific threat.' File photo by Rolando Mailo/Malacañang

Army colonel is new Presidential Security Group chief

Mar 22, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Brigadier General Rolando Bautista the outgoing PSG chief is deployed to Mindanao to help in the fight against terror groups

GUARDING THE PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte is assisted by Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander Rolando Bautista during the launch of the PSG's vegetable garden program. File photo by Rey Baniquet/Presidential Photo

Presidential Security Group launches website

Feb 10, 2017 - 2:41 PM

The elite group sworn to protect the President a group often in the background launches a website that informs citizens about the activities of the PSG and their Chief Executive

PROTECTING THE PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by officials of the Presidential Security Group at the PSG Compound on December 19, 2016 where he attended the Christmas party of the PSG. Photo by Simeon Celi Jr/Presidential Photo

Ambush in Marawi City? Residents have doubts

Nov 30, 2016 - 10:18 PM

The military laments all the talk about a staged ambush that wounded 9 soldiers including President Duterte s security It is difficult to sacrifice the lives of soldiers for a scenario like that says a colonel

AWARD. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the members of the Presidential Security Group injured in an ambush in Marawi City a day before his visit to Lanao Del Sur. Contributed photo

Duterte pushing through with Marawi trip

Nov 29, 2016 - 4:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants to go on the same route taken by an advance team which was ambushed in the Lanao del Sur capital on the eve of his visit

WAR ON DRUGS. President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates his vow to fulfill his campaign promise on eliminating illegal drugs in the country. File photo by Robinson Ninal/Rappler

Duterte aides hurt in Marawi ambush ahead of presidential trip

Nov 29, 2016 - 12:11 PM

3rd UPDATE 7 members of the Presidential Security Group and 2 soldiers are hurt when an improvised explosive device detonates as their convoy passes through Sitio Matalupay in Marawi City

Bilibid probe: Why did drugs proliferate behind bars?

Sep 23, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The House of Representatives and the justice department bring out witnesses – most of them convicts – who claim Leila de Lima coddled drug lords during her time as justice secretary to fund her senatorial campaign

RAID. Bureau of Correction trainees help NBI agents carry the confiscated appliances from the VIP's inmate cell inside the New Bilibib Prison in Muntinlupa during raid on December 22, 2014. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Duterte, De Lima, Visaya | 6PM wRap

Sep 21, 2016 - 9:18 PM

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PSG investigating alleged De Lima bagman

Sep 21, 2016 - 3:56 PM

Joenel Sanchez who House probe witnesses claim accepted money for Senator De Lima is currently part of the Presidential Security Group and is detailed to Executive Secretary Medialdea

DE LIMA'S BAGMAN? Senator De Lima's former security detail and alleged bagman Joenel Sanchez is currently under the Presidential Security Group. Photo by LeAnneJazul/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Security dog assigned to Cory not buried in Libingan

Sep 08, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Shadow a PSG dog part of the security detail of former president Corazon Aquino is buried in Malacañang Park not the Libingan ng mga Bayani

Duterte falls in line in Malacañang buffet

Jul 18, 2016 - 11:10 PM

Lawyer Lloyd del Socorro the person being held in the shoulders by Duterte in the viral photo tells the story behind the snap

PSG will 'rise to the challenge' of securing Duterte

Jul 02, 2016 - 7:20 PM

New PSG commander Colonel Rolando Bautista describes President Duterte as someone who detests any form of security But they are up to the challenge

CHANGE OF COMMAND. Incoming PSG chief Lt. Gen. Joselito D.Bautista (right) receives the command flag from outgoing commander Rear Admiral Raul Ubando during turnover ceremonies at the PSG Grandstand in Malacanang Park on July 2, 2016. Photo by Marcelino Pascua/PPD.

Duterte picks Rolando Bautista as PSG commander

May 23, 2016 - 6:33 PM

Bautista is described as a ‘well rounded officer’ with a knack for conducting counter terrorism operations and gathering intelligence

 Photo by Richard Falcatan/

New AFP chief on Friday: Aquino, Gazmin ex-aides contenders

Jul 08, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Should the next military chief come from the Air Force or the Army?

 ARMY OR AIR FORCE? Army chief Hernando Iriberri and Air Force chief Jeffrey Delgado lead the contenders for the top AFP post

Aquino says critics are 'kulang sa pansin'

Mar 10, 2015 - 9:15 PM

What I m doing is right says the President

ATTENTION SEEKERS. President Benigno Aquino III calls his critics attention-seekers and says he is unafraid because he is doing what is right. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Airlifts and emergencies: Keeping people safe in a papal visit

Jan 15, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Things don’t always go to plan when an overeager crowd welcomes a widely popular religious leader

Pope John Paul II – and his security team –wade through the crowd during his 1995 visit to the Philippines. AFP file photo

Agenda: Securing Pope Francis

Jan 14, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Pope Francis will have 44 sub events in the Philippines a nightmare for security authorities

Pope John Paul II – and his security team –wade through the crowd during his 1995 visit to the Philippines. AFP file photo

Filipinos are best security for Pope

Jan 13, 2015 - 9:15 AM

The papal visit should become the most loving event in Metro Manila and in Tacloban says Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas

BEST SECURITY PLAN. While he is satisfied with government preparations for Pope Francis' Philippine visit, Archbishop Socrates Villegas says Filipinos will have to do their part to secure the Pope. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Do you know them? They walked with Saint John Paul

Jan 12, 2015 - 3:09 PM

We’re counting on social media to help us find these people who have ‘walked with a saint’ – 9 individuals who were part of Pope John Paul II’s convoy when he visited the Philippines in 1995 Do you know any of them?

Aquino, General Purisima and the past that binds them

Sep 24, 2014 - 3:38 PM

Corruption allegations against the PNP chief persist His staunchest supporter is his own boss President Aquino

TRUSTED. PNP Chief Alan Purisima (L) chats with President Benigno Aquino III at Camp Crame in Quezon City on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. File photo by Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Should PSG protect Aquino's girlfriend?

Sep 17, 2014 - 5:24 PM

The Senate hearing on the Office of the President s proposed budget of P2 79 billion prompts a banter between friends Senator Escudero and Executive Secretary Ochoa

BUDGET BRIEFING: Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa

Palace: No suppression of Aquino heckler's freedom of expression

Jun 14, 2014 - 7:10 PM

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte says the Aquino administration is not stifling critics who speak up against it

INDEPENDENCE. The student who heckled President Aquino during his speech was  released from jail after 32 hours. Photo by Vince Casilihan