PHILIPPINE National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) director Brigadier General Eliseo DC Cruz said that apart from their counter-intelligence agents, “mystery clients” or strangers from all walks of life are working with him to check out erring HPG men specifically those using recovered stolen motor vehicles or issuing fake HPG motor vehicle clearances for a fee to the consternation of the PNP leadership.
“Beware but we have mystery clients who have been deployed in different HPG offices and regional units to see if my directives are being implemented properly,” the official told the Journal Group.
Cruz has reiterated his “one-strike” policy on his erring men as he ordered the relief and filing of administrative and criminal charges against seven HPG clearance officers for involvement in the production of fake HPG vehicle clearances for a fee.
“I have relieved all police commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers assigned to the Pasay and Muntinlupa Motor Vehicle Clearance Stations after I myself discovered that they have been issuing fake, falsified and photoshopped pictures of vehicles making us believe that the vehicles in photos appeared in their offices while in fact it was ‘non-appearance,” said Cruz who was a former chief of the HPG Motor Vehicle Clearance Office.
The PNP-HPG director said they are still investigating how much is being paid by motor vehicle owners availing of the “non-appearance” scheme of the accused personnel.
The practice is highly-irregular since it could lead to the issuance of HPG clearances to motor vehicles which have been stolen through different modes including those which have been stolen while parked unattended, stolen at gunpoint through force and intimidation or those which have been stolen and being sold by so-called ‘Rent-Sangla, Rent-Tangay’ syndicates.
Cruz said he has ordered a no-nonsense counter-intelligence effort to stop the anomalous practice. “This effort will not stop until the HPG is free from these unlawful practices. I will see to it that they will all be punished for committing the worst and gravest offense in the Highway Patrol Group,” Cruz warned.
He also ordered the deployment of HPG counter-intelligence teams to go after any HPG officer and men who will be found using or in possession of stolen motor vehicles or giving motor vehicle clearances under the highly-fraudulent “non-appearance scheme.”