Senate probes mess on unreleased SAF allowance

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2018   •   3799

SAF Troops

 

PASAY CITY, Philippines – Former officials of the Philippine National Police – Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) attended Tuesday’s Senate inquiry on the P60-million unreleased  allowances of SAF Troopers.

SAF members are entitled to P30 daily additional subsistence allowance or equivalent to P900 per month due to the dangerous nature of their assignments.

According to Senator Panfilo Lacson, Chairman of Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, records show that the SAF Troopers only received their subsistence allowance in January of 2016 and from January to July of 2017.

During the inquiry, former SAF Director Benjamin Lusad denied knowledge of the unreleased amount as he argued that he trusted his staff on the matter.

Former SAF Budget Officer PSSupt. Andre Dizon, for his part, explained that the agency already distributed around P37 million of subsistence allowance to SAF commandos in May 2018. Lacson, however, questioned the long delay and why it was released just this month.

The Committee suspended the inquiry pending SAF officials’ submission of the detailed report on the recently released for allowances of SAF members. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

SAF troopers sent to man Navotas City lockdown

Marje Pelayo   •   July 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — More than 700 members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) have been deployed to man the streets of Navotas City for the duration of the 14-day lockdown. 

The entire city has been placed under hard lockdown from July 16 up to July 29 due to the surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city. 

Based on the latest report provided by Joint Task Force COVID Shield Commander PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar, a total of 778 SAF troopers were sent to Navotas City to facilitate the strict implementation of stay-at-home measures. 

Mayor Toby Tiangco said such a move by the PNP is needed to contain the spread of the virus. 

“Kung hindi naman matigas ang ulo ng tao ay hindi kailangan ng pulis (If the people were not stubborn, we wouldn’t need the police for this),” Eleazar said. 

At present, arriving COVID-19 patients are being sent to national isolation facilities as the city’s isolation facility is already full.

To date, there are a total of 1,097 positive cases recorded in the city, 645 of which are active cases.

Tiangco said, local police authorities will not only arrest quarantine violators but also parents of children who are roaming around during lockdown. 

“Hindi talaga hihinto ito kung hindi naman natin ihihinto ang unnecessary movement o hindi kailangang paggalaw ng tao, (This [pandemic] will not end if we will not stop doing unnecessary movement),” he said.

Residents of Navotas City are given a schedule as to when they will be allowed to go out to access essential goods and services. 

Mayor Tiangco warned of charging violators in court if caught for repeated offenses. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

105 CBRNE-trained police officers ready to be deployed upon DOH request —PNP

Maris Federez   •   February 3, 2020

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

50 plain-clothes cops to be deployed during Maguindanao Massacre case promulgation

Maris Federez   •   December 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines— The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will deploy 50 police officers in civilian clothes to ensure security during the promulgation of the Maguindanao Massacre case on December 19, 2019.

This is apart from the more than the 200 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers and the Civil Disturbance Management Unit that have been initially tasked by the NCRPO to guard the security in the Metropolis.

According to NCRPO acting director PBGen. Debold Sinas, they will implement a lockdown inside the Camp Bagong Diwa-Taguig so that no untoward incident will slip through them during the promulgation.

 “They already approved na mag lock down kami ibig sabihin yung ibang jail na nandoon di ba 6 jails ang nandoon pero lahat sila hindi na mag aaccept ng bisita on the 18th and the 19th,” Sinas said.

He added that they will not let any protest rallies be staged inside and outside the camp as this will stall traffic flow.

Sinas also assured that the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) will strictly guard the security of Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes, as well as, the prosecutors.

“Ngayon pa lang sini secure na natin ang judge. After the promulgation continue pa rin yung security natin sa kanya until such time na she will feel normal. Including yung prosecutor,” he added.

To date, authorities have yet to receive any threat against Reyes, the prosecutors, and even in the venue where the promulgation will take place. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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