AFP Activates ‘Improved’ Security Unity To Protect Sara Duterte 

ACTIVATED. General Andres Centino, chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, leads the activation of the Vice Presidential Security and Protection Group at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on June 24, 2022. 

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio thanked the Armed Forces of the Philippines for activating the ‘improved’ security unit to protect her and her family as she begins her new position in government.

The launching of the Vice Presidential Security and Protection Group (VPSPG) was held last week. AFP Public Affairs Office chief Col. Jorry Baclor clarified that the newly activated force is simply an improved version of the vice-presidential security protection since the time of the late former vice president Salvador “Doy” Laurel.

The VPSPG was deemed “activated” in a ceremony led by AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Andres Centino at Camp Aguinaldo, the AFP headquarters.

Centino appointed Lt. Col. Rene Giroy of the Philippine Army as the first group commander of the VPSPG.

In a statement, incoming VP Duterte said the “request” for the formation of that group was made in anticipation of “future elections” and the possibility of “strained relations” under that scenario between the president and vice president.

“This AFP initiative also highlights the importance of having an independent group that will provide all Philippine vice presidents with the necessary security and protection.”


“The activation of the VPSPG is commendable as it will resolve the matter of continuity in security for all vice presidents of the Philippines,” Duterte added.

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