Philippine Bodyguards Killed – Two in the last 31 days!

The second taking of a close protection agents life in the Philippines in the last two months took place yesterday in the Philippines.

Manila, Philippines – A bodyguard of suspended Rodriguez, Rizal, Mayor Pedro Cuerpo was shot dead by suspects in Rizal province on New Year’s eve, the provincial police chief said.

Ricardo Amata was shot in broad daylight at the Rodriguez market at around 9:30 a.m. and died while undergoing treatment at the hospital, said Senior Superintendent Ireneo Dordas.

Dordas identified one of the gunmen as Bhong Meldo, who was shot dead by responding policemen.

However, a policeman also died in the encounter. Dordas identified him as Senior Police Officer 2 Danny Zuniga, who was shot by other suspects who immediately fled after the incident.

Pursuit operations are underway for the arrest of the other suspects.

A second murder of a Philippine Bodyguard took place in November and here is an excerpt from that story:

Batangas CITY , Philippines  – A town mayor’s body guard and a 38-year-old balikbayan were shot dead by assassins in separate incidents that happened in Tanauan City and San Pascual town Thursday afternoon, police said.

Senior Superintendent Jesus Gatchalian, Batangas police director identified the victims as Armando Marquez, 54, a resident of RR Station, Barangay Calicanto, Batangas City; and a close-in bodyguard of Bauan Mayor Ryann Dolor and balikbayan Rogelio Awitan, a resident of Barangay Banadero in Tanauan City.

Rogelio is the brother of chairman Emeterio Awitan of said barangay.

According to report, Mar quez was stepping out from the San Pascual cockpit arena when a lone gunman approached him from behind and shot him around 5:15 p.m.

Police said Marquez, a cockpit arena manager, was allegedly shot by a certain Marlon Gadol who escaped toward unknown direction after the incident.

Considerations:

We should consider that we don’t have any more information at the moment on these matters.  But, we need to understand that sometimes this job is taken for granted.  Pre operational surveillance was most likely used to understand all the players in the security detail and even possibly their itineraries.  This is why we emphasize…it does not matter your size or how tough you look.  Bodyguarding is about ensuring that you are planning.  Protective Intelligence is a key component so often overlooked.  Learn how to conduct appropriate protecting intelligence when you attend Athena Academy Female Close Protection Operatives Course.

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