COMMANDOS from the highly-respected Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police will be joining the newly-created PNP Counter-Intelligence Task Force in going after rogues in uniform, PNP chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa announced yesterday.
Battle-tested and known for their honesty and integrity as proven when they took over the security at the crime-plagued National Bilibid Prisons last year, at least 72 PNP-SAF troopers will form the core of the PNP-CITF headed by Senior Superintendent Jose Chiquito Malayo, said the PNP chief.
Gen. de la Rosa said he has ordered PNP-SAF commander, newly-promoted Director Benjamin M. Lusad, to pick the 70 SAF commandos who will join the CITF in launching a massive internal cleansing of the 170,000-strong police organization.
The troopers will be coming from the SAF’s Rapid Deployment Battalion, known for their highly-specialized skills in going after notorious terrorist and crime gangs in the country including the Abu Sayyaf. They will also be joined by selected investigators from the PNP Intelligence Group headed by Chief Supt. Charlo C. Collado and the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group headed by Director Roel B. Obusan.