A “LOCKDOWN” of all Philippine National Police headquarters and other facilities nationwide, specifically Camp Crame, in order to apprehend drivers of “hot cars” and other traffic violators since last month had resulted in the impounding of more than 200 vehicles, PNP Highway Patrol Group director Brig. Gen. Eliseo DC Cruz said yesterday.
“We’re sorry for the inconvenience but the camp lockdown will continue in line with our effort to enforce discipline among our ranks and as part of the internal cleansing drive ordered by PNP chief General Archie Francisco Gamboa,” the PNP-HPG director told newsmen.
As part of their celebration of the International Women’s Month, Cruz yesterday led the HPG All-Women Team in inspecting vehicles and motorcycles entering and leaving the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame.
“This is an everyday activity, wherein in coordination with the Headquarters Support Service, we are seeing to it that all violators of Republic Act 4136 or the Traffic Code, including those driving without license, with delinquent registration papers or no registration papers at all, and most specifically those using recovered motor vehicles, will be checked,” the official said.
Cruz said that over 12,000 vehicles have been inspected by combined operatives of the PNP-HPG, the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group and concerned regional offices across the country.
“There is no exemption here. Even if you have a decal or a pass card, you will be asked to present your driver’s license and registration papers. Once you failed to produce your license and registration, you will be in for a lot of trouble,” the official said.
The lockdown, he said had also resulted in the arrest of a police sergeant in Pampanga who was found using a Toyota Corolla Altis, which was found to be included in the wanted list of the PNP-HPG. The cop claimed that he merely borrowed the car from his cousin.
An investigation showed that the car was reported missing in La Union.
Cruz said the policeman is undergoing criminal and administrative investigation.
Cruz said that over 600 other vehicles flagged down by HPG agents for various impoundable offenses are impounded at Camp Crame or in their new impounding area in San Pedro City in Laguna.
Of those apprehended, a total of 75 others composed of 20 Police Non-Commissioned Officers, one member of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and 75 civilians were issued Temporary Operator’s Permit after they were found to be violating different provisions of Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines during the initial lockdown, said Cruz.
The crackdown was launched amid observations that some personnel and civilians entering Camp Crame and other police camps and headquarters are themselves law violators, some of them using recovered or unregistered motor vehicles, some equipped with banned sirens and blinkers, or driving without license.