At least 20 policemen from the Special Action Force, the elite combat unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP), were sent on Wednesday on a mission to join the fight to untangle traffic on Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).
According to Supt. Oliver Tanseco, spokesman for the PNP Highway Patrol Group, the SAF commandos augmented their ranks to allow constables, who worked double shifts because of Tuesday night’s massive jam caused by floods, to rest.
A total of 150 HPG personnel have been deployed to man traffic on EDSA chokepoints since Monday on direct orders from President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Tanseco said the HPG is considering a round-the-clock deployment of armed constables on EDSA depending on how the situation develops in the next few days.
He added that the HPG constables are in high spirits despite the horrendous Tuesday night jam.
“Once the roads became passable, traffic flow was fast. We didn’t sleep. Our men were determined to do their job and did not mind that they were already drenched. I hope motorists appreciate that,” Tanseco said in a TV interview.
The HPG spokesman reiterated his call to the public to follow traffic rules and regulations and to have more patience when on the road.