President-elect Rodrigo Duterte who has always prided himself on being accessible to common folk. But a near fall for Duterte on Tuesday after well-wishers mobbed him for a selfie resulted in a change in protocol meant to ensure his safety and security.
A strict screening process, a holding room for the media, a by-appointment-only access and a limited number of guests at any one time were some of the changes that police authorities planned to implement at the Matina Enclaves where Duterte has been receiving well-wishers and visitors.
Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz said the new protocol was meant to avoid a repeat of the Tuesday incident and to regulate the number of people getting near the executive.
Duterte lost his balance and almost fell when people started pushing each other to get a selfie with him, Driz said. The Davao mayor had been without rest for 21 hours by then but wanted to accommodate well-wishers just the same, she added.