Chief of Makati anti-carnapping unit sacked

February 15, 2011 9:47 am 

MANILA, Feb. 14 — The chief of the anti-carnapping unit of the Makati police was relieved from his post after a string of unresolved carjacking cases in the past three weeks happened in the city.

Makati police chief S/Supt. Froilan Bonifacio cited loss of confidence as the reason for relieving Senior Inspector Ruther Saquilayan of his duties. He was replaced by Senior Inspector Ferdinand Satorre, who, among others, served as intelligence chief of the Makati police.

Bonifacio’s move was triggered by the unsolved cases of carjacking in the city.

The latest and third case took place last February 10 when carjackers stole a pickup carrying a motorcycle in broad daylight despite the intensified drive against carnapping following the brutal killings of car dealers Venson Evangelista and Emerson Lozano and Lozano’s driver Ernando Sensil last month.

Bonifacio also noted the slow progress of the investigation on three recent carjacking cases in the city under Saquilayan’s leadership.

In the February 10 incident, four armed men forcibly took a green Toyota Hi-Lux pick-up with plate No. ZTL-919 and a Suzuki motorcycle from its driver, Nelson Bataller.

The latest incident added up to the string of unresolved carjacking cases in Makati. Last January 19, unidentified suspects forcibly took a Land Cruiser of businesswoman Margarita Fores at Legaspi Village, while sales manager Vicky Pacis lost a Mitsubishi Montero last February 1 in Barangay Palanan.

Fores is a cousin of former senator and vice presidential bet Mar Roxas.

Earlier, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo said they are investigating the possible involvement of active and retired police officers as well as personnel of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in the carjacking syndicates. (PNA)

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