Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II said the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Police Commission (Napolcom) will immediately study the complaints aired by PNP-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) troopers during their meeting with President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday (March 4).
Roxas said the President ordered the PNP to submit the results of their study within 30 days, “ibig sabihin, nakadaan na ito sa PNP, nakadaan na sa Napolcom bago dumating sa tanggapan ng Pangulo within 30 days itong mga bagay na ito.”
President Aquino met with SAF officers at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City before the turn-over ceremony for the installation of the new PNP-SAF Chief, PCSupt Moro Virgilio Lazo, who replaced sacked PNP-SAF Dir. Getulio Napeñas.
Roxas said during the meeting that PNP-SAF officials expressed to the President what their needs are, including training, equipment, hazard pay and vacation leaves, “kasi tumatagal ang mga SAF sa lugar na kinalalagyan nila. Nawawalan nang rotation. Ang SAF is 100 percent alert all the time. Ibig sabihin, walang leave, walang vacation, talagang walang stand down.”
Roxas further assured that the President is committed to improve the plight of the SAF, being the PNP’s premiere task force.
The DILG Chief also justified the appointment of Lazo as PNP-SAF Chief.
He said, “ang Special Action Force ay isang unique and specialized unit—yung talagang pinakamaseselan, pinakamapanganib na mga misyon ang siyang ibinibigay sa kanila. So, hindi puwedeng basta-bastang opisyal ang ilagay dyan.”
Roxas said Lazo was a former SAF trooper, who went up the ladder and was designated SAF Chief of the Directorate Staff until he became Chief of the PNP-Firearms and Explosives Division before being appointed to his new post. PNA