Elite security force in the works — President Aquino

September 10, 2010 9:14 am 

MANILA, Sept. 9 — The government will train an elite national security force capable of responding to any eventuality such as the unfortunate hostage-taking incident at the Quirino Grandstand last August 23.

In a panel interview by television news anchors Mel Tiangco (GMA7), Ted Failon (ABS-CBN 2) and Paolo Bediones (TV5) at the Kalayaan Hall of Malacanang Thursday, the President said the creation of the elite unit will beef up the capability of the police and military units in responding to crisis situations.

With tourism being one of the growth drivers of the economy, the President found it odd that not even a tourist police was stationed during the hostage taking incident last month.

The President said the training and maintenance of the elite force will be patterned after the Special Air Service (SAS), a special forces regiment of the British Army, that has served as a model for the elite forces of other countries.

He said the 200 to 400-man elite force will be a composite unit from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“We will copy to a degree the formation of that national unit while the PNP and the AFP are fully integrated. They will be somewhere between 200 and 400 capable of responding anywhere in the country, given any threat be it air, sea or land,” the President said.

The government, according to the Chief Executive, has already organized three units both from the AFP and PNP for a demonstration Thursday and Friday to assess their capabilities. (PNA)

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