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.
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.
In 1979 when Margaret Thatcher was coming into power as Britain’s first female Prime Minister, rejected a female bodyguard team while attending the Tokyo economic summit. Thatcher was assigned a detail of 20 “karate ladies”. She rejected the offer for the level and type of protection based upon not wanting to be singled out and treated differently than her male counterparts.
The Japanese secured the event with 26,000 police officers. Since Thatcher had not used female close protection at home, she was content with having predominately male executive protection on her side. We can’t know for sure if the female bodyguards were given another task during this event or if they were just put the way side. But, we think that the Japanese government in some ways was forward thinking. They obviously saw the value in having a female close protection unit for visiting female dignitaries.
Of course there are many reasons female’s should be looked at as a valuable resource when planning protective assignments. Looking at what type of client you have is always a precursor to assigning the best man OR woman for the job.
Can we say that the Pope and Berlusconi’s close protection agents failed?
Within 10 days we saw two attacks happen to the two most famous and well guarded men of Italy. First there was the attack toward Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Milan on December 14, which caused him a fractured nose, and broken teeth. Then there was the over zealous person who attacked toward Pope which took place on December 24, in Vatican during Christmas Eve Mass, which caused him no body harm this time, but his image was probably a little bruised.
We sure are not going to doubt their close protection agents abilities. It is known that personalities like Silvio Berlusconi and the Pope will have some of the best security details around.
So, then, what went wrong?
Every professional close protection agent will tell you that when your principal is a politician or someone who has adoring fans any public exposure can be a security team nightmare. VIP’s whose existence is dependent upon their fans support, have to deal with people who want to shake their hands or hug them. So, can a close protection agents stop a fan from trying to ‘’touch’’ the Pope or Silvio Berlusconi? For sure she can’t stop all incidents.
For the Pope’s attack, we are sure that everyone who was taking part in Christmas Eve Mass was checked for weapons before they even entered the church. The person who attacked him was a common woman, who waited for him to be close enough for her to show her over zealous admiration and the she jumped in to say hello a little too close. The Pope’s close protection agent as we see on the video reacted very fast and took her under control. In this kind of situations you can’t do many things. You cannot know how someone from the crowd will react, if he is a really a fan or he is waiting for the right moment to attack. You just have yourself alerted to any suspicious actions and react fast to prevent the worst.
From the other at the case of Silvio Berlusconi’s attack we saw a 40 year old guy who was among the crowd holding a small metal souvenir replica and when he came closer to his target he threw it and cause the damage to severe damage to his face. In this case what would his close protection agent do? What is very important to think here is that when someone wants to throw an item toward you, they generally need to have the space to do it. We have seen in many cases where an attacker uses paint, different kinds of vegetables, cakes, etc. Being part of a close protection team means you have to pay attention to people that are around you, especially what they are holding items that may not be compatible with the environment. It is on human’s first reaction as something is coming toward you to cover yourself or change direction. But, when you are in charge of someone else’s safety, then you have to think and act immediately and become the human shield between your principal and the thrown object. This is something that we can’t learn all at once, but in our training at Athena Academy you will learn how to adapt to these kinds of situations so that you can be prepared for the eventuality that some day you will probably deal with the common issue of items being thrown at your principal.
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Breaking the myth of a female bodyguard acting like a man.
Lately, it has come to my attention, the fact that some clients looking to hire female bodyguards are asking how many black belts in martial arts the bodyguard has and how huge and threatening does she look? Is it enough to consider ones martial arts skills or size or gruff appearance?
Well, first of all, we have to clarify that a female bodyguard is not only trained in martial arts. In fact, it is far more important for females in executive protection to learn the business as a whole. This includes protective intelligence, advance operations and security contingencies. Some bodyguard training courses start their training from 3 days (we will discuss another time what you should look before booking yourself in a training course) and goes until 10 days and in some cases even longer. However, any course, no matter the length of training days is never enough to learn all the appropriate skills to becoming a bodyguard (female bodyguard), much less an accomplished martial arts practitioner. Both male and female close protection agents need to hone their hand-to-hand combat skills that are needed to fend of an attacker. Also, it is important that whether your looking to hire a female bodyguard or you are already a female close protection agent that you establish an annual training plan.
Female bodyguards are hired for reasons that suit the clients particular needs. A female bodyguard should be just as poised and polished as her male counterpart as she fills the same roll. However, female bodyguards sometimes are projected as a woman with tattoos, leather vests and short hair with spikes. This just is not the case. Female bodyguards should maintain the look that best suits their clients needs and above all – always looking professional and fit the environment and the event.
A bodyguard is much more than a huge person who can punch and throw a threat down. If the clients wants someone to hold the enemy down then he could hired a wrestler. The most important is not how to react during the attack but how to prevent the attack. How many martial arts or wrestlers can guaranty you that they will get out an attack without any injuries? In a bodyguard team what is well known as a react on an attack is parry the attack and helped the clients to escape into a secure zone. They don’t stay and continue the fight with the attacker. During my career I have worked with and train small sizes female bodyguards who had the same exact training and professional exposure as their male colleagues. They had enough training in how to prevent the attack and even how to react during one without losing their femininity. So if you are someone who needs to hire a female bodyguard we would recommend you to look first the training she has gone through, do they fit you and your personality and environment. Are they if they are certified and authorized. We would say ‘’the mind comes first and the size second’’.
Those that are wanting to be female bodyguards need to understand that you may be who you want to be. But, its important to know that the more you can remain versatile the more work you will obtain. Those wanting to hire a female bodyguard have choices. Don’t hire because you are looking for beauty, but hire based upon their ability to protect you and the more they assimilate into your environment the less you become a target.
Those that train with Athena Academy Female Bodyguard course learn important skills in presentation and etiquette. Find out more by visiting http://www.athenaacademy.com
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As the world changes so do policies, cultures and old fashioned ideas. Muslim women in Egypt are playing a more dominant role in the protection of other females. This is really nice to see as these women live in modern societies where the women they protect are the next generation in business management, the legal system, entertainment and corporate leadership.
To learn a little more about women bodyguards, check out the female bodyguards of Cairo by going to this article. Also, if you would like to know more about hiring a female bodyguard or training as a female executive protection agent, visit http://www.athenaacademy.com