70 SWAT to boost Bohol
Anti-drugs, terror efforts
TAGBILARAN CITY, December 5 (PIA)—Boholanos who still insist in illegal drugs operations despite incessant attempts to get them off line will have 70 more reasons to fear.
That is, if nobody quits, Bohol would have 72 more new Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) operatives equipped with close-quarter-battle techniques trained to breach houses and hideouts of illegal activities, especially drugs, relayed SWAT curse director Police Senior Inspector Manuel Soliva Jr.
In an interview during the reception ceremonies of the 70 men and women of the different police and army units wanting to get through the SWAT training course, Inspector Soliva said, the men need to survive 45 days of intense physical, mental and intellectual honing to get the bragging rights as among Bohol’s most elite.
Soliva met the media at the parade ground stage of Bohol Provincial police Office while SWAT cadets in teams of three squads took the rains and mud in stride, seemingly enjoying the harsh physical exercise.
Stamina building, teamwork and clockwork coordination, Soliva said, would be each SWAT member’s aggression tool.
This too as apart from close quarter combats, SWAT would also be trained in insertions in operations, rappelling and weapons and marksmanship proficiency.
In the training are 34 members of the Provincial Public Safety Company, 18 members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, one from the Bohol Tourist Police Unit, 11 from the Tagbilaran City Police Station, one from Buenavista Police Station, one from Antequera Police Station, two from Loboc Police Station, one from Ubay Police Station and another one from Dimiao Police Station, according to PSupt Patricio Degay Jr. of Camp Dagohoy.
Soliva stressed that the training comes in time when President Rodrigo Duterte issued the directive for police and the military in the fight against drugs and illegal activities.
“Most of these illegal activities are based in houses on populated and built-up areas, the perpetrators are armed and dangerous that an assault would be necessary to neutralize the threat,” Inspector Soliva explained.
In such situations, it is important that SWAT operate as a unit, equipped with the target proficiency and operate like clockwork, he emphasized, even as government has reported police and military operatives killed in anti drug operations.
That is why it is important that our men are tested to be physically fit and can still operate in distressed situations, Insp Soliva added, getting ahead of those who have criticized the physically draining and laborious SWAT reception exercises.
Army SWAT operates in squads of 6 elements trained in specialized operations while police have 8 elements each with specific specializations, which also include small explosives and ordnance control.
The trainings should boost Bohol’s anti-kidnapping efforts and its counter terrorism program, Soliva said.
In Bohol, the Provincial Government and the Philippine National Police cost-share in the training logistics and mobility, Soliva told the media.
As to where these trained men would operate, Soliva and his team, who came to Bohol from the 6ths Special Action Battalion in Negros but based in Taguig said ideally, these would be constituting a unit where the SWAT would be most effective.
A MOA signed by the trainees accordingly said that they would render service for a span of time and may not be assigned to other areas until such time that Bohol would have sufficient number of trained elite responders.
This however need to be confirmed yet. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)
In all weather conditions, members of the Special Weapons and Tactics of the Bohol PNP and AFP would be in the danger frontlines as crime drive builds to a momentum. 70 police officers and men and 18 military officers and men are to complete the training for their elite forces next month. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)