Anti-carnapping operations intensify in region-9 – HPG PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 13:46

BY Allen Abastillas

Highway Patrol Group-9 (HPG-9) Chief Sr. Supt. Joel R. Dimaano yesterday stressed to the City Council that the entire Zamboanga Peninsula including Zamboanga City has always been the ideal place for carnappers and rentangay criminal groups where to bring their stolen vehicles from Metro Manila, Marawi City and other parts of the country.

Supt. Dimaano explained that this is the reason why they have included Zamboanga City in the intensified campaign against “hot cars” or luxury vehicles carnapped in Manila and other parts of the country.

Carnapping syndicates operating in the country usually bring their stolen vehicles to Mindanao to include Zamboanga Peninsula and this city since they have clients here who are eager and willing to buy “hot cars”.

He added that carnappers are also trying to bring these stolen motor vehicles to Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi and they are making Zamboanga City as their jumping point.

The HPG -9 was called by the City Council yesterday for a dialogue regarding the complaint of District 2 Councilor Mike Alavar after the councilor alleged that TMG operatives have committed some irregularity during the inspection of a car driven by a relative while passing in their mobile checkpoint last week

During the said dialogue the councilor failed to prove that the HPG operatives committed any irregularity while in the performance of their duty particularly when they inspected the vehicle of Alavar’s relative.

Other members of the august body said that the HPG operatives did nothing wrong during the inspection. However, they cautioned the HPG to be stricter in employing volunteer people working for HPG.

Dimaano disclosed that he experienced hardship in the conduct of anti-carnapping operations in the different parts of the region because most of his troopers and other HPG operatives are temporarily assigned in Metro Manila because of the ASEAN meeting.

He reiterated that when his command conducts anti-carnapping operations in the different parts in the region they carry it out in composite operations with coordination with other PNP units from Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga City. Allen Abastillas