PNP bust one of top 5 carjacking syndicate in the country
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Friday a major breakthrough in its campaign against criminality following the busting of an organized syndicated crime group involved in carjacking activities in southern part of the country.
PNP Chief, Director General Nicanor Bartolome in a statement said that the PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG) has successfully neutralized the Baktin group, which operates in parts of Visayas and Northern Mindanao.
“I’m pleased to announced that the PNP-HPG has successfully broken the backbone of an organized syndicated crime group engaged in carjacking and trafficking of stolen motor vehicles,” Bartolome said.
The PNP chief said that the HPG, under Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina, has effectively neutralized the Baktin group and able to recover 23 stolen motor vehicles in Bacolod City and six other stolen vehicles in Cagayan de Oro City.
“The neutralization of the Baktin group is expected to virtually lead to a significant reduction in carjacking and carnapping cases in the country as this group is belong to the top five carnapping syndicates in HPG’s list,” Bartolome said.
The five top carjacking syndicates, according to the HPG chief, accounts or is believed to be responsible for some 20 percent of reported carjacking and car theft cases in Metro Manila alone.
The PNP chief said that follow-up operations are still being conducted by the HPG to recover more stolen motor vehicles that have been shipped by the syndicate in different parts of Visayas and Mindanao.
Espina said in his part the neutralization of the group came following the arrest last October of Osmond Ray Estores Dalugdog who uses the aliases of Cocoy Dee, Hashim Dee and Dee Balabaran.
“His (Dalugdog) arrest provided the breakthrough in police operation against the Baktin Carnapping group operating in Metro Manila, Western Visayas and Northern Mindanao,” Espina said.
The HPG chief said that their investigators uncovered elaborate modus operandi of the Baktin group that involves carjacking in Luzon, shipping and tampering of vehicle’s documents and reselling it to unsuspecting buyers in Visayas and Mindanao.