Another Philippine Bodyguard Shot but Alive! Could Protective Intelligence Have Helped?

It was reported today that on the 31st of December a hail of gunfire aimed at a female casino financier.  A full magazine was unloaded on the principal and her bodyguard landing them both in the hospital but they are still living.

Maritess Amit, 46, remained in critical condition last night and her bodyguard, Allan Berjame, 48 was treated for gunshots to his back and other parts of his body.  Amit’s family asked her to stay home as there were rumours that she was to be robbed.  The attackers are still at large and were reported to be wearing white t-shirts while riding a motorcycle with no license plate according to witnesses.  The attack took place during the mid afternoon at a fast food outlet.

The lesson once again is that protective intelligence could have avoided this situation.  We are not drawing conclusions as we are only privy to a small amount of information.  But, again this is the third occurrence in just one month.  The other two incidents were deadly to the bodyguards.  Protective intelligence is using information that is gained through protective intelligence operations to keep the client safe.  All too often we are seeing close protection not getting involved in procuring, sifting and managing intelligence that they either already have or could have if they would perform simple operations such as counter-surveillance operations.  Vulnerability assessments are necessary to also keep intelligence up to date.

It should be said that there should be NO shortcuts when it comes to human life!

Liza Minelli Settles Lawsuit With Bodyguard

On the 9th of December 2009 Liza Minelli settled her lawsuit with her former bodyguard.  The suit was for $100 million dollars and alleges that Manelli threatened her bodyguard with the loss of his $238,000 if he did provide her with an inappropriate relationship.

According to this report the former bodyguard for Minelli was paid an above average of over $200,000 a year but was battered when he refused to become sexually involved with her.  The lawsuit that originally was filed in 2004 was settled in a sealed settlement agreement.

This begs the question.  Would Minelli have done the same to a female bodyguard?  There is a certain amount of intelligence when the option of a female bodyguard over a male bodyguard just seems to be the best course of action in some cases.

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.


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.