ALL Philippine National Police officers and men have been reminded anew on the PNP’s very strict policy on the use of recovered or impounded motor vehicles and motorcycles in the wake of the arrest and jailing of the former chief of the Bocaue Municipal Police Station in Bulacan accused of demanding money for the release of vehicles seized by his men as a result of their anti-drug operations.
The PNP headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde stressed that policies to prevent erring policemen from using recovered stolen vehicles or motorcycles either for personal or operational use are already in place with immediate commanders of the concerned individual cop also subject to disciplinary measures under the doctrine of command responsibility
The PNP leadership also has issued a series of directives to address the issue on the alleged involvement of some PNP personnel in the use of carnapped/stolen/recovered/impounded motorcycles.
Camp Crame’s move was aimed at strengthening the efforts of the PNP in promoting a stronger accountability of PNP personnel who own or possess motorcycles without any legal documents or proof of ownership, including recovered motorcycles of PNP stations/units and those with delinquent Land Transportation Office registration.
Last Friday, members of the PNP Counter-Intelligence Task Force headed by Senior Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat Jr. arrested Supt. Jowen dela Cruz, chief of the Bocaue police station in an entrapment operation.
De la Cruz found himself the highest-ranked police official in a Camp Crame jail following his arrest. According to Caramat, his men led by Supt. Joel Estaris arrested de la Cruz after he received an IPhone X worth P75,000 from a complainant.
The crime committed by dela Cruz: keeping the motor vehicles of arrested drug offenders and using them for other purposes and demanding huge amount of money from the suspects and their relatives.
Caramat said they also learned that the police official was demanding the expensive IPhone X for the release of the SUV, thus the conduct of the successful sting.
The official also reported to Gen. Albayalde that an intelligence packet provided by the PNP-IG Counter-Intelligence Division revealed that de la Cruz also had in his possession several motor vehicles confiscated by his men during previous anti-narcotics operations.
PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Benigno B. Durana Jr. said that Gen. Albayalde is very strict when it comes to the use of recovered stolen motor vehicles/motorcycles.