Police Chief Supt. Moro Virgilio Lazo was named new chief of the Special Action Force
of the Philippine National Police in a turnover ceremony held at Camp Bagong Diwa.
“I am so elated to be back home,” Lazo said during the turnover.
He was a former member of SAF. GMA News reported that he was a member of SAF shortly after his graduation at the Philippine Military Academy in 1984 and stayed there until 1989.
Lazo, who was formerly with the police firearms and explosive office, will replace Noli Taliño. The latter assumed the acting SAF chief post shortly after the relief of Getulio Napeñas, who was involved in the botched police operation last Jan. 25 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that led to the killing of 44 SAF troops, 18 Moro fighters and two civilians. according to a Philippine Star report.
“I am grateful, honored and humbled to head the PNP – SAF, a unit that has always been close to my heart. To my brothers and sisters in the SAF family, I am so elated to be back home, excited to work again with you. Together, united as one, let us continue to affirm our commitment to be vanguards of peace. May the force be with us all,” Lazo said in an ABS-CBN report.
President Benigno S. Aquino III was present during the turnover ceremony, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.
In his speech, the Philippine Star said on its report that Aquino “tried to connect” with the elite police troops “by recalling how he survived the ambush in 1987 that killed three of his bodyguards.”