Special Reaction Unit

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The Special Reaction Unit is a part of the Presidential Security Group, which serves as its main counter-terrorist unit among the other nine organic units.[1] It's not to be confused with the Special Reaction Unit of the Philippine National Police's Maritime Group, since they share the same name.[2]

From time to time, the SRU has been called in to assist other Philippine law enforcement/military units in internal security activities and duties when their presence is needed.[3][4]

History[edit]

PSG SRU operators march during a parade in counter-terrorist combat gear. Note that they're marching with a mix of G36 and G36C assault rifles.

The Special Reaction Unit was founded by General Jessie Dellosa, who served as its first commanding officer[5] with PNP Deputy Director Alan Purisima as its executive officer.[6] The SRU had been used to defend the Philippine government, which has been done during the anti-President Cory Aquino coup attempt.[7]

There was a previous plan to arm SRU operators with United Defense Manufacturing Corporation-made M4 assault rifles, but the plan fell through because the SRU was armed with foreign-made assault rifles.[8] The SRU has conducted CQB training in 2010 despite the presence of Typhoon Juan.[9]

Known Commanding Officers[edit]

  • General Jessie Dellosa[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Executive Summary". Commission on Audit. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  2. ^ "HEADQUARTERS SPECIAL REACTION UNIT". Philippine National Police. Archived from the original on 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  3. ^ "PNP, AFP personnel secure Comelec’s canvassing center". Journal Online. 2013-05-15. Archived from the original on 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  4. ^ "'Dagdag na 279 security detail pinadala ng PNP at AFP sa PICC'" (in Tagalog). Bombo Radyo Philippines. 2013-05-14. Archived from the original on 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  5. ^ a b Aurea Calica (2013-01-13). "Noy to military: Protect people’s right to choose leaders". Philippine Star. Archived from the original on 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  6. ^ "Napolcom OKs promotion of Purisima to star rank". Philippine Star. 2012-11-16. Archived from the original on 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  7. ^ Victor Reyes. "In 1986, a close-in aide; In 2011, an AFP chief of staff". Malaya. Archived from the original on 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  8. ^ Norman Sison (2013-05-26). "PH defense companies fight for “buy Filipino”". Yahoo Philippines c/o VERA Files. Archived from the original on 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  9. ^ "SRU conducts 3-Day CQB Training despite typhoon". Presidential Security Group. Archived from the original on 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2013-06-13.