PNP camp ‘lockdowns’ continue as HPG, IMEG search for ‘hot cars’

February 13, 2020

SORRY for the inconvenience but there will be a continuing ‘lockdown’ of Camp Crame and other Philippine National Police camps and headquarters in line with the stepped-up effort to apprehend drivers of ‘hot cars’ and other traffic violators inside police grounds ordered by General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the Journal Group was told yesterday.

PNP Highway Patrol Group director, Brigadier General Eliseo DC Cruz said that during the first simultaneous nationwide lockdown they conducted on Monday last week, his men inspected over 12,000 motor vehicles and motorcycles leading to the apprehension of the drivers of over 200 MVs and motorbikes.

A total of 75 others composed of 20 Police Non-Commissioned Officers, one member of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and 75 civilians were also issued Temporary Operator’s Permit after they were found to be violating different provisions of Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines during the initial lockdown, said Cruz.

The National Capital Region-Regional Highway Patrol Unit headed by Colonel Wilson Doromal inspected over 2,600 MVs and MCs which entered and exited the PNP National Headquarters that day.

The Camp Crame lockdown implemented by the PNP-HPG, the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group headed by Col. Ronald O. Lee and the PNP Headquarters Support Service headed by Brig. Gen. Manuel M. Abu led in the apprehension of over 130 police and civilian personnel.

Both Cruz and Lee said that on orders of the PNP chief, they will continue the conduct of on-the-spot checking of motor vehicles entering and leaving Camp Crame and the headquarters of the National Capital Region Police Office, the Southern Police District, Police Regional Office 3, PRO4-A, PRO7, PRO9, PRO11, PRO12, PRO13 and PRO Bangsamoro Administrative Region.

Lee said a total of 6,216 motor vehicles and motorcycles were checked during the operation leading to the apprehension of the drivers of 38 MVs and 95 motorbikes. The highest-ranked among those apprehended violators were police majors.

Lee said that 55 of the 133 violators were found to have expired registration papers; 8 without license plates; 22 without driver’s license; 20 with no Land Transportation Office’s Official Receipt and Certificate of Registration; 1 with an unauthorized LED light; 1 without helmet; 1 driving without seatbelt; and 1 for presenting OR and CR which did not match that of his vehicle.

Gen. Gamboa ordered a crackdown on all police personnel and civilian personnel using ‘hot vehicles, driving without license or violating the country’s traffic code inside the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame and the rest of the region in line with their stepped-up internal cleansing program.

The crackdown was also launched amid observations that some personnel and civilians entering Camp Crame and other police camps and headquarters are themselves law violators: some of them using recovered or unregistered  motor vehicles; some equipped with banned sirens and blinkers; or driving without license.

Drivers entering Camp Crame are now being required to present their driver’s license and Land Transportation Office Certificate of Registration and Official Receipt. Those who will fail to present their papers upon request will be subjected to investigation and their motor vehicles impounded.

Those who passed the inspection are given ‘MV Lockdown’ receipt showing the plate number of their vehicles and the date it was inspected. The receipt should be presented upon renewed entry at the camp.

The NCRPO headed by Major General Debold M. Sinas two weeks ago started the crackdown which led to the apprehension of over 200 policemen and civilians who were issued traffic citation tickets.

Gen. Gamboa ordered the camp lockdown amid observations in the field that some PNP personnel have been reported or observed to be utilizing vehicles which were recovered during various police operations or even using vehicles that were inventoried as evidence in police operations.