From the Philippine News Agency (Feb 6): PNP to recruit 2K add'l SAF men
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is planning to recruit an additional 2,000 Special Action Force (SAF) members for their operations against communist rebels and other lawless elements.
This was stressed by PNP Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa in a Radyo Pilipinas report Tuesday.
Recruitment of these additional SAF members are also in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's order to strengthen the elite police unit which specializes in urban or city fighting.
Dela Rosa said the additional 2,000 SAF members was equivalent to five military battalions and could be utilized in countering rebel and communist threats.
Also, the PNP chief said the SAF had proven its fighting ability during the five-month campaign to liberate Marawi City from the Maute Group terrorists last year.