The Philippine National Police-Special Action Force has turned over its leadership from Officer-in-Charge Noli Taliño to Chief Superintendent Moro Virgilio M. Lazo.

The ceremony was held at 1:40 p.m. at the SAF Headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan in Taguig City.

During the ceremony, Taliño thanked President Benigno Aquino, III for the opportunity to lead the SAF, even for a short period.

Taliño temporarily replaced SAF Director Getulio Napeñas, who was relieved after a police operation to arrest two terrorists in Mamasapano, Maguindanao resulted in the death of 44 police commandos last January 25.

Lazo was the head of the PNP Firearms and Explosive Office. He graduated from Philippine Military Academy in 1984 under Class “Maharlika”.

Present during the dialogue were Interior Secretary Mar Roxas; PNP Acting Chief Deputy Director Leonardo Espina; National Capital Region Police Office Director Carmelo Valmoria; and Chief of the PNP Directorial Staff Deputy Director Marcelo Garbo, Jr.

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