PNP needs 2,500 more SAF for all-out war vs NPA, terror

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 22 2018 08:02 PM

The Philippine National Police (PNP) needs 2,500 new personnel for its elite Special Action Force (SAF) unit.

PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa said they will be forming 5 additional Special Action Battalions as directed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte earlier said he wanted 7 more SAF battalions, aside from getting 20,000 more Army troops. 

"Aside from the 5 battalions na pinapaorganize sa atin ni Presidente they are now, yung recruitment patapos na, nakukumpleto na yung 5 battalions and kagabi naman, sinabihan naman ako niya na 'You form another five battalions', so magdagdag ng 5 battalions na naman," he said.

Dela Rosa said the additional SAF troops will enhance the fighting capability of the police force in its all-out war against the New People's Army (NPA) and terrorists.

"Yung mandate naman ng SAF is they are more on counter-terrorism, internal security operations. 'Yan ang pinaka problema natin ngayon, terrorism at problema sa NPA then doon sila focus natin. Para sa all- out war na ito sa problema natin sa NPA at terrorism," he said.