The Philippine National Police (PNP) National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has deployed fresh batch of Special Action Force (SAF) troopers to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) on October 8.
The deployment of new SAF troopers from 33rd Special Action Company, 3rd Special Action Battalion (33 SAC, 3 SAB) in replacement of previously deployed 72 SAC, 7 SAB was led by NCRPO Director Police Major General (PMGEN) Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar together with SAF Director PMGEN Amando Clifton B. Empiso and Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Gerald Q. Bantag.
“Around seventy (70) new members from the elite SAF troopers will now be guarding criticial areas of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa, as part of the administration’s efforts to curb the spread of illegal drugs, crime and corruption in the national penitentiary,” NCRPO said.
“Dahil nangailangan sila ng tulong, so we provided the personnel at anumang resources na pwede naming ibigay as long as hindi maapektuhan ang ating trabaho,” PMGEN Eleazar said.
“Base sa aking pag-iinspekyon, nakita ko na inilagay sila para magbantay ng mga towers pati na rin sa mga entrance para i-check ang mga dumadalaw. Gayunpaman, ipinapaubaya na natin sa BuCor management kung saan sila gagamitin at naniniwala naman tayo na ang role naman natin dito is to check them from time to time para siguraduhin na hindi sila matutukso,” he added.
NCRPO noted that the new detailed SAF personnel takes part of the initial trench of augmentation to NBP to complete the replacement of all 200 SAF personnel originally been fielded in 2016.