But it does not mean the team would be inoperative. "In fact, we will use them to combat terrorism attacks, like bombing, kidnapping, hostage taking, and others," said Chief Insp. Leo Ajero, OIC city police chief.
Ajero stressed that "for so many years now, we have not seen the full potentials of the team."
Despite the intensive training on marksmanship and special operations tactics, the SWAT members were assigned to a poblacion police outpost during the last four years.
Ajero said the city needs a SWAT team "that is equipped with skills now that we're facing different kinds of threats to our security." Intelligence reports claim the city is among the target areas of the Jemaah Islamiah and Abu Sayyaf Group.
"We have to secure this city in whatever way possible from any attack," he said. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)