Monday, September 1, 2014

‘Officials praise elite SAF for human rights respect'

From the Visayan Daily Star (Sep 1): ‘Officials praise elite SAF for human rights respect'


Policemen, who graduated from Urban Counter Revolutionary Warfare Course, perform a mock assault on a bus with passengers being held hostage.

Special Action Force director Getulio Napenas said political leaders and businessmen in Negros Occidental are all praise for the 6th Special Action Battalion personnel for their performance, in more than two years of their assignment in the province.

Napenas said that, in his recent talks with local business leaders and local government officials, he has not heard any complaints against SAF troopers, but only praise.
Napenas, who supervises six battalions of police elite SAF Units all over the country, said he also noted that not a single complaint for human rights abuse had also been aired against the 6th SAB stationed in Negros Occidental, Iloilo and Capiz.
The 6th SAB headed by Supt. Mario Baquiran served as the training coordinator for the training of 84 policemen and women who underwent a three-month Urban Counter Revolutionary Warfare Course training in Brgy. 2 poblacion, Sagay City.
The police elite unit arrived in Negros Occidental two years ago, to compliment the internal security operations of the Philippine National Police and Army, as well as maintaining peace and order in northern Negros.
Napenas said he has complimented the 6th SAB with 37 more police troopers,to replace those who have been transferred to other units.
They are now 90 percent filled up, he added.
Two other SAF companies are now deployed in Iloilo and Capiz, while two other companies are deployed in northern Negros, police records show.

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