OVER 130 policemen and civilians were apprehended on Monday by combined agents 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 traffic violations inside PNP headquarters and camps ordered by General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
PNP-IMEG director, Colonel Ronald O. Lee said that together with the PNP-HPG headed by Brigadier General Eliseo DC Cruz and concerned territorial 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 which started at 6:30 in the morning were likewise 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 apprehended and issued traffic citation tickets by the PNP-HPG, 101 were civilians, 1 is a member of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, another is a Jail Officer 1 from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and 30 are police personnel.
The 30 policemen are the following: 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 that 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 rest were accosted for wearing slippers while driving; driving with unauthorized sidecar; and driving with no LTO papers.