FILE PHOTO: PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa in SAF uniform
MANILA, Philippines — Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa has assured that members of PNP Special Action Force who fought the war in Marawi City will soon receive their allowances.
Dela Rosa was upset when he learned that the allowances of the so-called “Marawi Heroes” have been delayed for two years.
Former SAF Director Benjamin Lusad and some other SAF officials are now facing charges at the Office of the Ombudsman for extortion in line with the issue.
Dela Rosa expressed dismay over his men knowing their capabilities as police officials. He added that he has already talked to the officers involved, though he refused to divulge what transpired between them.
“Hindi ako satisfied sa explanation niya. Sabi ko nga kailangang harapin nila iyan. Andyan na ang kaso. Kinasuhan sila sa Ombudsman, harapin nila iyan,” the outgoing chief of police said.
(I am not satisfied with his explanation. I told them to face the charges. The case has been filed at the Ombudsman, they should face it.)
General Bato said he is leaving it up to his successor, incoming PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde, to investigate the case while the Ombudsman is doing its own probe on the criminal and administrative cases filed against the officers.
“Imbestigahan niya para alam ng PNP (He should investigate it so the PNP would be aware.) For internal consumption kailangan gawin din ng PNP (the PNP has to do it too),” Bato said.
A SAF trooper receives a daily allowance of P30 or P900 a month. The overall amount of delayed allowances has reached P59.8 million for a period of two years.
Dela Rosa assured that the PNP’s budget and fiscal officers are now working for the immediate release of the delayed allowances. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has deployed Special Action Force (SAF) troops to Sulu after a municipal police station was attacked by armed men on Saturday (June 13).
PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said the PNP deployed SAF commandos and Regional Mobile Force Battalion troops to hunt down the suspects which are suspected to be Aby Sayyaf members.
“Hindi natin maiaalis ang posibilidad na may ilang maaaring kasabwat dito mula sa grupo ng Abu Sayyaf, ang mga lawless element sa lugar na iyan ay magkaka-kilala rin kaya isa iyan sa tinitingnang anggulo ng ating imbestigasyon, (We cannot remove the possibility that there are cohorts from the Abu Sayyaf group. The lawless elements in that area also have connections so that is one of the angles we are looking into in our investigation),” he said.
The PNP also condemned the said attack amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Two policemen died during the encounter at the Parang Municipal Police Station which lasted for 30 minutes. Two more policemen were injured.
“Iyong mga namatay nating kasama ay bibigyan ng financial assistance, benefits. Lahat ng kanilang mga benepisyo ay ibibigay para sa kanilang pamilya, (Financial assistance and benefit will be given to our fellow troops who died. All of the benefits will be given to their families), Banac assured.
Meanwhile, all police troops in the region are on high alert to prevent similar incidents. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said that members of its elite Special Action Force (SAF) have been deployed in the National Capital Region (NCR) to assist in the enforcement of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) against COVID-19.
On Tuesday morning, Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar, who heads the Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID Shield, met with the SAF teams for their deployment to help in the strict implementation of ECQ protocols and regulations.
Eleazar said 116 SAF commandos will be deployed to ten major public markets in Metro Manila. These are Libertad Public Market in Pasay, Pasig Palengke, Marikina Public Market and Blumentritt Public Market, Napindan Taguig Public Market, Lower Bicutan in Taguig Public Market, Las Piñas City Public Market, as well as public markets in North Caloocan, Alabang and Bagong Parañaque.
SAF troopers are tasked to augment local police units in managing and monitoring assigned areas. They are also mandated to arrest individuals who will disobey physical distancing, and other ECQ guidelines.
Apprehended persons will be held in a police station.
“Pero kung sakali with your presence ay magpapatuloy pa rin sila sa paglabag sa mga alituntunin ng ating enchanced community quarantine, hulihin ninyo. Andyan kasama ang mga taga Station 3 natin para sila ay ating bigyan ng leksyon,” Eleazar said.
“Inaasahan natin na ang mga matitigas ang ulo nating mga kababayan sa presence pa lang ng ating mga SAF troopers ay susunod na subalit kung hindi sila susunod ay ipaiiral natin ang ating batas pantay-pantay ang pagpapatupad ng ECQ,” he added.
SAF Commandoes may be reassigned to other areas depending on the recommendation of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).
Eleazar said the deployment of SAF troopers is based on the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to intensify the enforcement of quarantine guidelines following reports of increasing number of violations.
He also assured the public that the additional deployment of troops is not yet part of a ‘martial law-like’ quarantine as earlier threatened by the president.
“Hindi ito martial law or ala martial law, dagdag lang na tropa but ang tinitignan natin lahat ng mga karapatan lahat ng protocols walang pagbabago nagdagdag lang tayo ng mga tropa,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines— The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed that it has manpower ready to respond in case the Department of Health requests for support in addressing any related 2019-nCoV concerns.
PNP chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said his men are ready to help in the contact tracing of people who may have been in contact with patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
These police officers have undergone training on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives (CBRNE).
They belong to the Special Action Force (SAF), the Health Service, the Crime Laboratory, and the Explosives and Ordnance Division-K9 Unit of the PNP.
Gamboa said these men are used to being installed in the frontline in case the DOH requests for their help in placing suspected nCoV patients in quarantine.
“Tutulong ang PNP but we are just presenting na merong kaming ganitong pwersa whom they can use. Hindi naman talaga ito pang may sakit. This is for chemical warfare but equally they are protected so they can be used. Inilalatag lang namin na meron kaming capability na ganito and ready to be deployed at anytime,” Gamboa said.
Gamboa added that these men have the necessary equipment such as the Hazzard Material (Hazmat) suit.
The PNP chief also directed the directors of the national support unit, regional directors, and unit commanders to see to it that each PNP office is provided alcohol, that every personnel has acquired the habit of frequent hand-washing and proper hygiene.
“Imagine a face mask would only last for 8 hours. Eh kung lahat ng pulis pagamitin natin, that’s 205,000 and that’s everyday so you can imagine the cost of it. We are also in touch on the available resources we have kaya ang directive ko only when it is necessary, especially yung pag nasa places of convergence”, Gamboa said.
The PNP is also mulling over the possibility of implementing a lockdown of the training facilities, including the PNPA, NPTI, and the regional training service to ensure the safety and protection of the cadets and trainees.
Gamboa also directed the CIDG and the local police to help the Department of Trade and Industry and the local government units in monitoring the prices and suspected hoarding of face masks. —(from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf
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