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President Aquino witnesses turnover of Special Action Force command to new leader
 

President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday witnessed the turnover of the leadership of the Philippine National Police – Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) to Chief Superintendent Moro Virgilio Lazo from Officer-in-Charge Noli Taliño.

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 Aquino 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”.

In his remarks, Lazo said he was glad to return to the SAF command, which he once served.

Prior to the turnover ceremony, President Aquino had a nearly three-hour dialogue with the SAF officers and commandos deployed during the Mamasapano mission.

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. PND (ag)  
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President Benigno S. Aquino III leads his official family in prayer before presiding over the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace on Monday (February 16). Also in photo are Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr., Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje and Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla. (Photo by Lauro Montellano, Jr.) 

 
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