NCRPO works closely with LTFRB in fight vs colorum

October 19, 2012 10:27 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 19 –- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is now working closely with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in its intensified efforts to curb criminality in Metro Manila, particularly robbery incidents using colorum or private vehicles used as passenger vans.

Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina, director of NCRPO, said the coordination with LTFRB is still part of the efforts to address robbery incidents involving colorum vehicles plying routes in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

”We have requested the LTFRB to apprehend all colorum vehicles with us providing assistance in Metro Manila,” Espina said.

”We have discovered lately that criminals use colorum vehicles to rob the riding public when they use this mode of transportation,” added Espina.

The LTFRB is the agency in-charge of issuing transportation franchises, thus it has the necessary records of legal operators of vehicles with UV express franchise.

Earlier, the NCRPO arrested 10 members of the notorious robbery gang tagged “UV Tiradors” during separate operations in Paranaque City and Antipolo City.

The group was blamed for series of robbery incidents using colorum vans. Investigations have revealed that the “UV Tiradors” rent private vans and use them as passenger vehicles to lure unsuspecting passengers.

So far, more than 50 complainants have filed charges against the 10 arrested suspects.

”Our all-out campaign against colorum is a pro-active step to prevent holdup incidents and other crimes committed inside vehicles as what the UV-FX Tiradors were doing before they were arrested,” said Espina. (PNA)

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