The Highway Patrol Group in Negros Oriental has recovered 180 motorcycles and 12 motor vehicles since the assumption of HPG team leader, Senior Insp. Robelito Mariano in 2013, of the 721 vehicles reportedly carnapped in the province.
Records show that carnapping incidents had their peak in 2014, with 194 motorcycles stolen, but steadily going down at 116 in 2016, and 83 at the end of 2017.
Mariano attributed the reduction to the intensive information dissemination campaign on the presence of several carnapping groups that prompted motorists to take extra precautions.
At least 10 carnap gangs were neutralized during the four-year period, with the suspects arrested and charged in court, and eight convicted in 2016 and seven in 2017.
The most organized of the carnapping groups was the Ybasan-Dinglasa group, that had engaged in pursuing policemen in a firefight that resulted in their deaths.
There were also the Patrimonio group, the Bunyol carnapping group in Bais City, as well as the Sabejon carnapping group of Sibulan, where more than 20 chopped motorcycles were recovered.
Mariano said he will implement this year two operational plans of the HPG and the PNP, the “Oplan Disiplinadong” Driver and the Discipline Zone of the Philippine National Police Region 7.
Both plans aim to promote discipline and decongest the national highway, as well as address the rising number of deadly accidents and the illegal use of sirens and LED blinkers.
He said a task force is being organized to enforce the two plans, especially in Dumaguete City, to decongest obstructions in the national highway and sidewalks.*
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