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Female cop nabbed for using recovered SUV

A FEMALE member of the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group (PNP-AVS) accused of using an evidence motor vehicle was arrested in a PNP Intelligence Group-led operation in Cavite City on Tuesday, PNP chief, General Debold M. Sinas said yesterday.

Chief Master Sergeant Aileen Jayne Mendoza, 45, was targeted by the PNP-IG headed by newly-prompted Brigadier Gen. Warren F. de Leon amid reports she was using a recovered SUV and was previously accused of selling a pick-up with fake registration papers to an Iranian national, the PNP chief said.

Around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, members of the PNP-IG Counter-Intelligence Division, with the assistance of the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group and the PNP Highway Patrol Group’s Special Operations Division-Task Force Limbas arrested Mendoza along the Manila-Cavite Road while driving a black Mitsubishi Montero with plate no. UXI-271.

Gen. Sinas said that the accused, assigned with the PNP-ASG National Capital Region Unit’s Sangley Airport Police Station was placed under surveillance amid a complaint that she was using a Montero confiscated by the local police in connection with an estafa case in Bgy. Balibago in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna last year.

The Sta. Rosa City entrapment operation led to the arrest of Enrico Mendoza (not related to the accused) and Blessie Mae Altoveros and the confiscation of several properties including the SUV which was temporarily parked at the vicinity of the Sta. Rosa City municipal hall.

However, Mr. Mendoza discovered last November that the seized vehicle was already released to the accused prompting him to seek the assistance of the PNP-IG in filing an appropriate case against the police personnel. An investigation is now underway on how the accused managed to get the recovered motor vehicle without the knowledge of the Sta. Rosa City police, said de Leon.

The PNP-IG said Mendoza was also the subject of a previous counter-intelligence operation triggered by a complaint from Iranian national Sevedale Santanzadeh Moozavi in July 2020.

The Iranian said he gave the accused P600,000 in exchange for the sale of a Ford Ranger pick-up in Sta. Rosa City. However, the foreigner learned that the registration papers given him by the accused were all fake prompting him to file a complaint before the PNP-IG.

The complaint did not materialize however when the accused reportedly threatened the Iranian national he would be deported.

The accused will be investigated for using an illegally-accused evidence vehicle thru forgery, perjury and falsification of public documents, said de Leon. The suspect and the recovered motor vehicle are now at the PNP-HPG headquarters in Camp Crame.

Ex-cop held for carnapping

Sinas also announced the arrest of a dismissed policeman for carnapping and highway robbery around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Peninsula Garden Midtown Homes along Quirino Avenue Extension in Paco, Manila.

Ex-cop Jhovani Chua was placed under arrest by members of the PNP-IMEG under Colonel Thomas R. Frias Jr., the HPG headed by Brigadier Gen. Alexander C. Tagum and the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-NCR Field Unit headed by Col. Randy Glenn F. Silvio on the strength of a warrant for violation of Republic Act 6539 or the anti-carnapping law and violation of Presidential Decree 532 or highway robbery issued by Judge Editha Miña-aguba of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 100.

Court records showed the accused who is a member of the National Capital Region Police Office’s (NCRPO) Regional Headquarters Support Unit until he was fired from the service in 2011 and one Amiel Arceo hijacked a cargo truck carrying P600,000 worth of canned juice in Dagat-Dagatan, Caloocan City in March 2011.The suspects killed the truck driver and his helper.

Chua and one Joel Samonte were also implicated in another hijacking case in Bgy. N.S. Amoranto in Q.C. in June 2011 when they stole a van loaded with some P380,000 worth of bathroom products.

“Manhunt operations are still underway to arrest and put behind bars the cohorts of Chua. The PNP will deal with errant cops or ex-cops who give the organization a bad name,” said Gen. Sinas as he commended the PNP units involved in the arrest of the two.