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PNP Celebrates 119th Police Service Anniversary; SAF Awarded as Best National Operational Support Unit

CAMP BAGONG DIWA, Taguig City - The Special Action Force joined the 119th Police Service Anniversary celebration with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

The host of celebration was based at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City with Secretary Eduardo M. Año, Secretary of Interior and Local Government, PGEN ARCHIE FRANCISCO F GAMBOA, Chief, PNP and the rest of the PNP Command Group present.

With this year’s theme, “Towards a Pandemic-Resilient PNP: Adopting Protective Protocols in the New Normal”, SAF, led by its director, PMGEN AMANDO CLIFTON B EMPISO, was awarded as the Best National Operational Support Unit of the Year while PLTCOL RAYMUND A TRAIN and PMSg Gilbert P Neypes of Rapid Deployment Battalion (RDB) were also awarded as Best Junior Police Commissioned Officer for Operations and Best Senior Police Non-Commissioned Officer for Administration respectively.

In a video message, President Duterte congratulated all the awardees and extended his appreciation for the organization’s selfless service in the fight against COVID-19.

“I congratulate everyone especially the outstanding units and deserving personnel that will be awarded for your crucial role in making PNP a highly dynamic, professional and responsive organization. I likewise extend our appreciation for your selfless service as frontliners in our fight against this COVID-19 pandemic”, he said.

Among the significant accomplishments of SAF this year, are its operations together with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 9 against Abu Sayyaf Group-ISIS-Philippines Sub-Leader, Hajan Apino a.k.a. Ajan/Abu Omar in Sitio Talisey, Brgy. Candiis, Hadji Muhammad Ajul, Basilan for the crime of Robbery in Band with Multiple Homicide, Frustrated Homicide and Double Murder on August 2019; and its operations together with Police Regional Office 5 and the 9th Infantry Division, Philippine Army against CPP-NPA-Terrorists in the Bicol Region last May.

Moreover, as response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SAF units have since been deployed to Quarantine Control Points to support the implementation of community quarantine in COVID-19 affected areas while SAF personnel with medical backgrounds have since rendered duties as part of the PNP Medical Reserve Force together with other medical and healthcare personnel from other government agencies to assist the operations of Quarantine Facilities for COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate cases.

Likewise, SAF will commemorate its traditional Memorial Day on August 11, 2020 at Headquarters SAF in line with the Philippine Constabulary Day being celebrated as the Police Service Anniversary with PLTGEN CESAR HAWTHORNE R BINAG, the Chief of the Directorial Staff, PNP as the Guest of Honor and Speaker in honor of all departed SAF Troopers.