(Metro News) QCPD fields secret marshals in passenger buses vs. robbers

December 28, 2010 7:51 am 

MANILA, Dec. 27 – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Monday fielded secret marshals posing as passengers of public utility buses (PUBs) in a bid to rid the city of highway robbers.

QCPD Director Chief Supt. Benjardi Mantele said the civilian undercover police agents, known as bus marshals, were found to be an effective tool to deter robbery in public utility vehicles (PUVs).

Mantele said this during a command conference with QCPD station commanders at the QCPD headquarters in Camp Karingal, Sikatuna Village, Diliman, Quezon City.

He said the increased number of arrests and decline in the reported robbery cases in PUVs this month was a welcomed development as the bus marshals were initially fielded along known target areas and bus stops only for the holidays.

“We have positive feedbacks we might as well make this a continuous program to deter robbery cases in PUVs. Surprisingly robbery cases have declined by 30 percent compared to the same period last year and compared to the records last month,’’ Mantele said.

Mantele presented during the meeting three members of a notorious hold-up gang, who preyed on PUV passengers plying the route of EDSA, Commonwealth Avenue, East Avenue, Quezon Avenue and other major thoroughfares.

The three suspects, who held up the three passengers of a PUB along Quezon Avenue on Christmas day, were identified as Mark Anthony Socorro, 27, Julius Plaza, 35, laborer, and Alvin Rayala, 21, all of Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

Recovered from the suspects were three Nokia cellular phones with various models and the bladed weapon used in the crime.

Mantele said the arrest was made after PO3 Timoteo Evasco, PO2 Paul Acosta and PO2 Jeremias Aligayu, both operatives of the QCPD Anti-Carnapping Unit (ANCAR) who were assigned as bus marshals, noticed a commotion inside a passenger bus cruising along Quezon Avenue in front of Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife.

The suspects rushed out of the passenger bus and ran towards the direction of the Philippine Children Medical Center where the lawmen caught them.

Mantele said the bus marshals recovered the stolen items and the deadly weapon during the body search as police filed charges against the suspects after the victims positively identified the robbers and their stolen belongings. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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