Other than the fact that they are clearly not diplomats.
What does the diplomat passport entitle the holder to?
A diplomatic passport is issued to members of the Philippine diplomatic service, members of the Cabinet, service attachés of other government agencies assigned to Philippine diplomatic posts abroad and Philippine delegates to international and regional organizations. It is the first of two passports issued to the President of the Philippines and the Presidential family. This passport has a dark blue cover and extends the privilege of diplomatic immunity to the bearer.
A diplomatic passport from Philippines lets you travel to 91 countries/territories without a prior visa. It is ranked the 63rd in the world.
Requirements to Apply -https://www.dfa.gov.ph/106-diplomatic-and-official-passport/149-diplomatic-official-passport-requirements
1. Issuance/Revalidation of Passport Application Form.
2. Valid Passport and an extra photocopy.
3. Original and an extra copy of Signed Travel Authority or Malacañang Authority.
4. Indorsement Letter to DFA ( If the Travel Authority is not addressed to DFA).
5. Certified True Copy of the Letter of Invitation from Sponsor.
6. Training Contract, (Original Copy) in case the travel is for training, fellowship, scholarship and/or
7. NEDA Indorsement, (Original Copy) in case the travel is for training, fellowship, scholarship or study
grant for the period of two (2) months or more.
8. SEALED (Dry or Wet) Original OR Certified True Copy of Latest Service Record/Appointment (with
full middle name)
9. Original Copy of Certificate of No Pending Administrative Record/Case.
10. Certified True Copy of Presidential Full Powers or Appointment Paper (for Presidential
11. Certified True Copy of Oath of Office (for Elected Officials)
12. Photocopy of Applicant’s Office I.D. and Authorized Representative’s I.D.