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Aquino cites officers and men of the Presidential Security Group for dignity, courage


MANILA, Mar. 4 (PNA) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III cited the officers and members of the elite Presidential Security Group for their dignity and courage in carrying out their mandate to protect the Chief Executive and the seat of government.

In his speech keynoting the 27th Founding Anniversary of the PSG in Malacanang Park, Manila Monday, the President thanked the PSG for providing him the security that allows him to pursue his administration's advocacy to implement reforms.

"Sa paglilibot ko sa kalakhang bansa upang alamin at pabilisin pa ang pagsulong natin sa tuwid na daan, at sa pakikisalamuha sa ating mga kababayan—sa loob man o labas ng bansa—lagi kong kasama ang mga bumubuo sa Presidential Security Group," President Aquino said.

"Sa ilalim man ng nagbabagang araw, o sa biglaang buhos ng ulan; sa harap man ng pulutong ng tao, o maski sa kakaunting pribadong oras na nakakahalubilo ko kayo — buong-lakas at buong-sigasig kayong nagsisilbi — para samahan akong tuparin ang mga sinumpaan kong tungkulin sa bayan," he said.

The President acknowledged the continuous efforts of the PSG to professionalize its members in carrying out its tasks of providing protection for the Chief Executive, the First Family and the institution.

The PSG also provides security to visiting Heads of States and Diplomats.

"Matapos ang dalawampu’t pitong taon, ibang-iba na talaga ang PSG ngayon. Nasisiguro kong higit kailanman, nalulugod din kayo sa kompiyansa at tiwala ng sambayanan sa ating pamahalaan, lalo pa’t binabantayan ninyo hindi lamang ang seguridad ko at ng aking pamilya, kundi maging ng buong institusyon na ating pinaglilingkuran," he said.

Despite the tough challenges, the President said, the PSG succeeded in bringing back the honor to the elite group through the reforms implemented by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.

"Sa likod ng kaliwa’t kanang problema na ipinamana ng diktadurya, sa kabila ng mga tangkang muling panaigin ang karahasan at pagkakanya-kanya, itinindig ni Secretary Volts (Gazmin) at ng PSG nang may buong dangal at tapang upang maitaguyod ang seguridad at kapayapaan sa bansa, at maipagtanggol ang nabawi nating demokrasya," he said.

The President also lauded PSG Commander Brig. Gen. Ramon Mateo Dizon for leading the elite group to effectively carry out the tasks.

"Kaya naman, sa pangunguna ni Brig. Gen. Chito Dizon, muli ko kayong pinapasalamatan sa isa na namang makabuluhan at matagumpay na taon ng inyong hanay. Saludo at tinitingala ko kayo sa inyong tibay at walang-kapagurang dedikasyong maglingkod," he said. 
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Philippine News Agency | March 4, 2013 | Article Link

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