(Metro News) NCRPO anti-carjacking unit temporarily restrained from operating

August 7, 2010 11:24 pm 

MANILA, Aug. 7 -– National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Leocadio Santiago has ordered the NCRPO’s Anti-Carnapping (Ancar) unit to temporarily stop operating against carjackers pending investigation of the killing of Ivan Padilla during a shootout on Monday in Makati City.

In a broadcast interview, Santiago directed the NCRPO-Ancar, led by Supt. Maristelo Manalo, to be “confined to their office” to make them available anytime if summoned by the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has also expressed intention to look into the matter.

Santiago, however, maintained that members of the NCRPO-Ancar could respond to an ongoing crime if they witness such.

The NCRPO chief also assured the temporary suspension of operation of the NCRPO-Ancar will not affect the anti-carjacking campaign in Metro Manila as he cited the continuing drive of various anti-carnapping units of the five police districts under the NCRPO.

Last Monday morning, elements of the NCRPO-Ancar received information about the presence of Padilla along General Luna Street in Poblacion, Makati City, prompting police operatives to check on the reports. Padilla had been the subject of intensified operations after he was tagged as the leader of a notorious carjacking group.

Padilla’s group was tagged as responsible in the carjacking of former Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Roberto Romulo’s Toyota Camry and the Volvo of the family of actor Dereck Ramsey last month.

The information turned out to be positive, as Padilla, aboard a stolen silver Toyota Vios was spotted in the area.

Reports said the NCRPO operatives ordered Padilla to alight from the car but he chose to shoot it out with the law men.

Padilla was wounded critically and was brought to the Ospital ng Makati for treatment but he expired later. His cohort, Mark Inducil, was arrested.

Police authorities have maintained that Padilla resisted arrest and fired at the lawmen that prompted the shootout. (PNA) scs/MM


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