Dela Rosa to keep SAF commandos at NBP

Published April 17, 2018, 4:58 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Aaron Recuenco

Police commandos will remain at the Bureau of Corrections when outgoing national police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa assumes the top post of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

SWEEP N.B.P. CLEAN — This is the marching order of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa (center) as he fields 320-strong elite troops from the Special Action Force (SAF) to sweep the National Bilibid Prisons (NBP) clean of illegal drugs and enforce prison rules. (Ali Vicoy /
(Ali Vicoy / Manila Bulletin file photo)

“Their presence at the NBP is crucial. I need them there,” said dela Rosa told the Manila Bulletin in an interview.

Two battalions of the Special Action Force (SAF) are currently deployed at the NBP, their deployment aimed at preventing convicted drug lords from continuing their illegal drugs activity.

It was recalled that convicted drug lords were found out to have been continuously supervising their illegal drugs trade through the smuggling of phones and other communication gadgets inside the maximum security unit of the NBP.

“I trust my SAF men. They will be of big help for me in addressing the drug problems inside the NBP,” said dela Rosa.

The presence of the SAF men at the NBP, it was recalled, was tainted by the admission of then Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II that drug trade continues even with the deployment of SAF men.

SAF commandos ended up accused of being in cahoots with the convicted drug lords but initial police probe based on the statement of police commandos at the NBP claimed that the possible resumption of drugs trade stemmed from the order of the Justice Department to transfer some drug lords to medium security facility.

SAF commandos are all deployed at the maximum security where high profile convicted drug lords aredetained.

Based on the initial information he received, dela Rosa said some of the convicted drug lords remain at the medium security facility.

“So as soon I assume post there, I will bring them back to the maximum security to easily control them,” said dela Rosa.

The official, however, said that it will take time before he takes over BuCor since he is planning to take a vacation.

Dela Rosa earlier vowed to be tough at the NBP in order to deny convicted drug lords any opportunity to continue their illegal trade.