The elite Special Action Force (SAF) troopers in Negros Occidental, who are actively involved in the anti-insurgency campaign, may soon assist the local Philippine National Police in the campaign against illegal drugs.
This is because of the indefinite ceasefire between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front, Senior Supt. William Señoron, Negros Occidental police director, said yesterday.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines and National Police have suspended combat operations against the New People's Army, as a result of the indefinite ceasefire.
Señoron said that SAF troopers have to undergo an orientation before they join the anti-illegal drug campaign.
Two companies of the 6th Special Action Battalion are presently deployed in northern Negros.
Señoron said SAF troopers may also conduct their own anti-drug operations, aside from assisting the PNP.
Col. Francisco Delfin, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said Saturday that they will assist the PNP anti-drug campaign in the Negros Island Region.*GPB
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