Dasma fires security agency over Binay row

Posted at 01/14/14 7:26 PM

MANILA - Dasmarinas Village homeowners have fired a security agency in connection with the row involving Makati Mayor Junjun Binay and the posh subdivision's security measures.

Jay Pantangco, president of Dasmarinas Village Association Inc. (DVA), said in a letter sent January 14 to homeowners that Right Eight Security Agency will be replaced by another security firm, First Eagle Security Agency, effective January 19.

However, the guards of Right Eight Security Agency who refused to allow Binay's convoy to pass a secured gate, will be absorbed by the new security company to allow them to continue serving the village, Pantangco said.

The homeowners' association earlier gave commendations and gifts to the security guards who were involved in the row with Binay's group.

However, the homeowners' board said it is replacing the security company itself because it lost confidence in Right Eight because of its handling of the November 30, 2013 incident involving Vice-President Jejomar Bonay's son and his group.

Right Eight did not stand up for its guards who were implementing security measures in the village and instead apologized to Binay.

Pantangco, in his letter, said Right Eight Security committed "unauthorized and inaccurate representation of DVA to the media in matters pertaining to the Banyan gate incident."

"Right Eight management cited inaccurate policies involving VIPs. Our existing policy covers the President and the Vice-President of the Philippines. On a case-to-case basis, exemptions are granted, provided that ample time is given to DVA," he added.

Banyan Road incident

The village guards earlier barred Binay's convoy from the using the Banyan Road gate last November 30.

The subdivision bars all vehicles from passing through the gate after 10 p.m. for security purposes. Vehicles have to go through other gates, including one just around 400 meters away from the Banyan Road gate.

Tension ensued, with Binay calling for police and his personal security bringing out their firearms.

The guards were later "invited" by the Makati police, but denied they were arrested. Police also claimed they had to verify the firearms belonging to the security guards.

Joey Salgado, Binay's spokesman, earlier said in an interview on radio dzMM that the situation turned for the worse because the security guards manning the Banyan gate of the village called for back-up, who allegedly encircled the convoy.

Pantangco, meanwhile, defended the security guards.

"Dasmariñas Village is a private subdivision," he said. "DVA stands by the actions of our security guards, who in performing their duty, upheld DVA's existing policy and procedure during the incident."

"The DVA board is still fully committed to continue to uphold our policies for the security and safety of our residents," Pantangco said.