THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is considering deploying elite personnel of the Special Action Force (SAF) to the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa, a ranking police official said Monday.
The possible deployment of elite police troops to the NBP came amidst reports that detained drug lords were reportedly hatching a plot to take out incoming PNP chief Ronald de la Rosa and President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. The drug lords reportedly dangled some P50 million for anyone who can eliminate the two.
“They (SAF personnel) can be deployed (at NBP), but only temporarily,” PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Deputy Director General Danilo Constantino, said during a chance interview after Monday’s flag-raising ceremony at Camp Crame, the police national headquarters in Manila.
Constantino however did not say if the plan has anything to do with the reported threat of detained drug lords against Duterte and de la Rosa.
The PNP over the weekend said that they are ready to provide additional security to the incoming PNP chief.
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor earlier said de la Rosa can request for additional security
“It is the duty and responsibility of the PNP to provide protection to the people especially to their chief and the president of the country,” Mayor said.
De la Rosa has said he is ready to die anytime in the line of duty.