By Eugene Y. Adiong
“The life of a member of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine
National Police (PNP) is pitiful.”
This was how Senator Allan Peter Cayetano described his visit at a SAF base
in Silay City yesterday.
ALCOHOL TESTER. This (Vallacar Transit) Ceres Liner airconditioned bus driver
was subjected to tests for “alcoholic breaths” before he was allowed to leave
the terminal. Why only “sometimes”? Can it be done every time a bus is about to
leave?* (Arman Toga photo)
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella picks an organic eggplant during the
second anniversary of the Negros Farmers Weekend Market last March 14,
Cayetano said the visit was his second of a SAF base after he visited the
55th SAF base in Zamboanga City recently.
The 55th SAF has the most number of members who are part of the SAF 44 who
died in encounters with Muslim armed groups in Maguindanao last January.
“Many of the SAF men told me that the their barracks is in a better
condition,” said the senator.
He pointed out that the SAF base in Silay “is a warehouse converted into a
base and the land where it stands is not owned by the government.”
“I was also told that even during trainings, only half of their weapons and
equipment are actually working and functioning,” Cayetano said.