Aquino orders PNP to focus on identifying car theft gangs

January 22, 2011 1:38 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 21 — President Benigno S. Aquino III ordered on Friday the Philippine National Police to focus on the spate of carjacking incidents and intensify its intelligence gathering in identifying car theft groups.

In a press briefing in Malacanang, PNP Spokesperson Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said the President issued the directives to PNP Chief Director General Raul Bacalzo in a closed-door meeting Friday morning.

In the same briefing, Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the President has tasked the PNP to leave no stone unturned in resolving the series of carjacking incidents.

Cruz assured the public that in the soonest possible time or immediately after the result of its ongoing police operations in Central Luzon, they would announce the developments on the cases of Emerson Lozano and Venzon Evangelista.

“Sabay-sabay nating ihahayag ang mga developments sa nasabing kaso immediately after the series of our ongoing operations,” Cruz said, noting that the President did not issue a timetable to resolve the cases knowing that it would only create pressure on the investigators and aggravate the actual investigations.

Cruz said the PNP is now increasing police visibility and setting up checkpoints in strategic areas of Metro Manila.

“All police regional offices down to the municipal police offices are required to conduct police patrol and checkpoints,” Cruz said. (PNA)

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