Next PSG chief: Protocols may be adjusted for Duterte

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Presumptive president Rody Duterte (L) likes to move around freely, says incoming PSG chief Col. Bautista (R).

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Ensuring the safety of the president is challenging enough. But keeping a president like Rodrigo Duterte safe at all times can be extra demanding.

For one, presumptive president Duterte likes to move around. He is known to prowl the streets of Davao City alone at night, posing as a cab driver. He does this without a bodyguard, with only his trusted pistol in case he bumps into criminals.

But for incoming Presidential Security Group (PSG) commander Col. Rolando Bautista, adjustments in security protocol can be done to suit the needs of the soon-to-be president.

And the fact that Bautista and Duterte go back a long way makes the task more manageable.

A 1985 graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), Bautista served as commander of the 73rd Infantry Battalion covering Davao City and Davao del Norte from 2005 to 2007. Bautista also took command of Task Force General Santos. He is presently the commander of Task Group Basilan running after the Abu Sayyaf Group.

The challenge ahead

During the campaign, the mayor had said that he would not want to stay in Malacañang — which he called "a symbol of oppression" — should he win the presidency. So there's a possibility that he will be shuttling between Manila and Davao City once he takes his oath.

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Another consideration is that Duterte had said that he didn't want too many PSG members tailing him — saying he only wanted one security vehicle in tow.

Duterte also said he wanted the PSG to steer clear of Davao City when he's around, meaning he would only want them to keep an eye on him outside his bailiwick. The week before, several PSG men reportedly arrived in Davao City but the mayor requested them to return to Malacañang as he already had enough security in his hometown.

On top of these, Duterte is also known to have ties with rebel groups. On several occasions, the mayor personally headed to the mountains to fetch political prisoners freed by the New People's Army (NPA).

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"The PSG will have to adjust... Ang napansin ko sa presumptive president is that he is very reasonable. Na pag may sinabi ka, then he will take that into consideration," Bautista said on Tuesday (May 24)

[Translation: "What I noticed is that the presumptive president is very reasonable. He listens to suggestions."]

Bautista, however, added that ultimately, the last say on security measures would be from the incoming president.

Meanwhile, 50 members of the Davao City Police Office have been serving as Duterte's close-in security detail in the past two weeks.

Davao City-based correspondent Ben Tesiorna and CNN Philippines' Ina Andolong contributed to this report.