Do not use recovered carnapped cars, Robredo tells cops

Seal of the United States Department of JusticeImage via WikipediaA March 14, 2011 press release by the Department of the Interior and Local Government

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo today gave a stern warning to all police operatives that using recovered carnapped vehicles constitute grave misconduct that may subject them to summary dismissal proceedings.

Robredo made the warning in the light of reports that some cops have reportedly been using vehicles that have been recovered during police operations.

“Using recovered vehicles is both unethical and illegal, and we will definitely not tolerate cops who are doing this unacceptable practice in the police organization,” he said.

In a directive, the DILG Secretary instructed PNP Chief, Director General Raul Bacalzo to cause the posting on the PNP website of the inventory of recovered carnapped vehicles and provide the DILG a copy of the said inventory for posting on the Department’s website.

“For purposes of transparency, we should post in our websites the complete list and inventory of recovered carnapped cars, vans and motorcycles in order to inform the public, particularly the owners of said vehicles that they can already claim them from the PNP,” he said.

Similarly, Robredo directed the PNP to intensify the set-up of checkpoints in peripheral roads leading to ports of entry and exit.

“This is to prevent carnap syndicates to transport stolen vehicles to other parts of the country,” he said.

He also ordered police units nationwide to strictly implement the “No Plate, No Travel” policy.

Robredo said these moves are part of the efforts of the Department through the PNP to intensify its anti-carnapping initiatives.

Earlier, the DILG and the Department of Justice formed an elite probe team to investigate the alleged participation of some law enforcers and other government officials in carjacking.