PNP starts probe on top cop in car-theft syndicate

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to investigate at least two senior police officials allegedly ‘protecting’ car theft syndicates.

PNP Spokesman, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., said that PNP chief, Director General Raul Bacalzo has already ordered an investigation on the alleged involvement of two PNP officials in ‘carnapping’ and ‘carjacking’.

The two officials, Director Roberto Rosales, head of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations for Northern Luzon (DIPO-NL) and Supt. Napoleon Cauyan former head of Task Force Limbas is being linked by a military intelligence reports to the Dominguez car theft gang.

“The PNP leaderships will direct Rosales and Cauyan to shed light on reports and information linking them to the Dominguez car theft syndicate – we have set the wheels of investigation based on intelligence information and reports from the media,” Cruz said.

For his part, Rosales, belied the allegation linking him to the Dominguez car-theft group and said that he is ready to face any investigation to clear his name and dares the military to prove his links with the cartheft group.

The PNP spokesman said the PNP would also request other people with information on car theft syndicates to help them in their campaign to put a stop to car theft incidents. He said the public may send informations through PNP Text 2920 or 09178475757.

Cruz said that their “total approach” in the anti-carnapping campaign involves strengthening inter-agency coordination, particularly with the Land Transportation Office which is responsible for registering all vehicles.

The PNP spokesman added that the PNP is strictly reviewing the issuance of clearances in the movement of vehicles from one area to another.

Concern had been raised lately that car theft syndicates have operated with seeming impunity because they may be in cahoots with corrup LTO personnel in registering stolen vehicles.

The PNP spokesman said the PNP is also doing legislative liasoning to explore the possibility of making carnapping a non-bailable offense especially if committed with aggravating circumstances, such as the use of firearms.

The leaders of the notorious Dominguez car theft gang have reportedly been arrested many times in the past for involvement in car theft cases, but were able to post bail each time, allowing them to go back to their illicit activities.

The PNP is also enhancing the capability of Highway Patrol Group to run after car theft syndicates, Cruz said.

To further tighten the noose on carnappers, Cruz said, the HPG is enhancing the efficiency of the flash alarm system that allows the police to immediately determine whether a vehicle is “hot” or stolen.

At the same time, the PNP spokesman said vehicle owners themselves should take steps to avoid being victimized by car theft gangs, such as installing car alarm systems and engine immobilizers. Anthony Vargas


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