PNP hikes war vs. hijackers

January 20, 2012 11:39 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 20 – The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Friday it heightened its campaign against suspected hijackers.

This after PNP Chief, Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome, mobilized all Police Regional Offices and National Support Units to press interdiction operations against organized crime groups engaged in hijacking and highway robbery.

Bartolome said hijacking of commercial cargo had become a bane of industrial growth and could be considered as an act of economic sabotage because of its detrimental effect on trade and industry.

“Consistent with the PNP’s law enforcement and public safety mandate, we are paying special attention to law enforcement support to economic development by way of ensuring industrial peace and establishing an environment conducive to economic growth,” the Chief PNP said.

Bartolome cited the neutralization on Tuesday of four armed members of a hijacking gang, who were slain in a shootout with police operatives in Sto.Tomas, Batangas after the group seized two tons of meat products at the Southern Tagalog industrial zone in Calamba, Laguna.

The PNP recorded 34 hijacking and three highway robbery incidents in 2011 with 17 suspects neutralized in police operations. Hijacking cases in 2011 dipped 26 percent from 46 incidents in 2010.

Among the most notable results of anti-hijacking operations were the neutralization of the Sociro-Manlapaz Hijacking Group and arrest of five suspects during an encounter on Nov. 8, 2011 in Green Valley, San Nicolas 3, Bacoor, Cavite.

Recovered from the group were the hijacked truck and items worth at least P 5 million, and the encounter with cargo hijackers on Nov. 9, 2011 along Victoria Road, Barangay San Antonio, San Pedro Laguna resulting in the death of four hijackers. (PNA) RMA/JCA

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