CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - (BEN BALCE / Oct 21, 2006) - NORTHERN Mindanao Regional Traffic Management Office regional chief PSupt. Felixberto Castillo, yesterday, announced the recovery of two more luxury vehicles stolen. One came from Metro Manila, while the other was carnapped in this city.
Castillo said they have intensified their anti-carnapping drive after Police Director General Oscar Calderon urged TMG director Chief Superintendent Errol Pan in Camp Crame to heighten the anti-carnapping drive nationwide.
Castillo, who heads the Regional Traffic Management Office 10 here, said the carnapped motor vehicles belong to Ricardo Cruz of Block 3, Lot 14, Saint Mark St., ES Villa Homes Subd., Antipolo City and Cesar Aquino of # 128 6th Division, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City.
Castillo said he received TMG Implan as one of the priority thrusts of Calderon and Pan ordering their officers in the entire TMG regional offices nationwide to conduct mobile checkpoints and to closely monitor passing vehicles to detect carnapped vehicles.
Cruz’s Mitsubishi Adventure Wagon with plate number YBR 308 was reported stolen while parked on July 7, 2004 at Corner Harizon-Buendia, in Makati City. It was recovered by RTMO 10 personnel on October 10, this year, in Iligan City.
“The alleged owner of the vehicle was then applying for motor vehicle clearance certificate when we apprehended it,” Castillo said.
The suspect, Naike Baibai Alos of Marawi City appeared at Iligan City TMO to apply for clearance certificate for the car’s transfer of ownership according to Castillo.
Meanwhile, one Michael Cabural Olaivar of Fatima, Ubay, Bohol who was the driver of the other stolen vehicle, alleged that the Isuzu Crosswind, with plate number KCR-519, was sold to them in Cebu City. He did not know that it was a stolen vehicle belonging to Aquino. Olaivar was driving the vehicle along Lapasan Highway, this City, when spotted by operatives.
The vehicle was reported missing since August 29, 2003 while it was parked unattended at the premises of 6th Division, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City.
Castillo said all the two recovered motor vehicles bore Land Transportation Office (LTO) registration papers; LTO Mis Occ (Javier); and Cebu-LTO (Pinoy).
Castillo however said that since the suspension of clearances for shipment of motor vehicles, as provided for under Section 11 of the Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972, in 2001 carnapping business has become a lucrative business in Mindanao.