OVER 130 policemen and civilians were apprehended yesterday by members of the Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group and the PNP Highway Patrol Group in line with the ongoing crackdown on “hot cars” and other violations inside the PNP headquarters and police camps as ordered by PNP chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa.
PNP-IMEG director Colonel Ronald O. Lee said together with the PNP-HPG headed by Brigadier General Eliseo DC Cruz and concerned police units, they conducted on-the-spot checking of motor vehicles entering and leaving Camp Crame and the headquarters of the National Capital Region Police Office, the Southern Police District, Police Regional Office 3, PRO4-A, PRO7, PRO9, PRO11, PRO12, PRO13 and PRO Bangsamoro Administrative Region.
The operations that started around 6:30 a.m. were also conducted at the headquarters of the Bulacan, Pampanga, Cavite and Cebu Police Provincial Offices and the Cebu City police station.
Lee said a total of 6,216 motor vehicles and motorcycles were checked during the operation leading to the apprehension of the drivers of 38 MVs and 95 motorbikes.
Of the 133 violators issued traffic citation tickets by the PNP-HPG, 101 were civilians, one a member of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, another a Jail Officer 1 from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and 30 police personnel.
The 30 policemen were: Major-1; Captain-1; Police Executive Master Sergeant-3; Police Senior Master Sergeant-3; Police Master Sergeant-2; Police Staff Sergeant-4; Police Corporal-4; Patrolman-9; and Non-Uniformed Personnel-3.
Lee said 55 of the 133 violators were found to be having expired registration papers; 8 without license plates; 22 without driver’s license; 20 with no Land Transportation Office’s Official Receipt and Certificate of Registration; 1 with an unauthorized LEG light; 1 without helmet; 1 driving without seatbelt; and 1 for presenting OR and CR which did not match that of his vehicle.
The others were accosted for wearing slippers while driving; driving with unauthorized sidecar; and driving with no LTO papers.
Gamboa ordered the crackdown on all police personnel and civilian personnel using hot vehicles, driving without license or violating the country’s traffic code inside the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame and the rest of the region in line with their stepped-up internal cleansing program.
In Camp Crame, the operation was launched by the PNP-HPG , the PNP-IMEG and the PNP Headquarters Support Service under Brig. Gen. Manuel M. Abu amid reports and observations that some personnel and civilians entering Camp Crame are themselves law violators: some of them using recovered or unregistered motor vehicles; some equipped with banned sirens and blinkers; or driving without license.
Motorists entering Camp Crame are now being required to present their driver’s license and Land Transportation Office Certificate of Registration and Official Receipt. Those who will fail to present their papers upon request will be subjected to investigation and their vehicles will be impounded.
Hundreds of motor vehicles were inspected at Camp Crame early yesterday morning yesterday just like a similar crackdown launched by the NCRPO headed by Major General Debold M. Sinas two weeks ago.