PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief, General Guilermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar on Friday ordered the PNP Intelligence Group to lead an extensive background check on persons included in their list of people involved in robbery and kidnapping-for-ransom cases in the country amid the possibility they may be used by rogue politicians during the 2020 elections.
The top cop said that the PNP-IG headed by Brigadier Gen. Neil B. Alinsañgan will be getting help from other concerned police units in conducting the massive background check to prevent erring political aspirants from using these individuals to raise funds for the coming national and local elections.
“I have already directed all the chiefs of police and our Intelligence Group to conduct intense background check on all the wanted persons and other individuals in their respective watchlist who have been involved in robberies of banks, pawnshops and other business establishments and even in kidnapping-for-ransom activities,” he said.
“Ito ay upang tiyakin na hindi na makakaporma ang mga ito sa pagsasagawa ng mga iligal na gawain dahil hindi natin inaalis ang posibilidad na maari silang gamitin para sa fund-raising ng mga tiwaling kandidato sa darating na halalan,” the PNP chief added.
Gen. Eleazar’s directive came after two suspects in the bank robbery at Chinabank Otis, identified as truck driver Carel Macarine, 32 and truck helper Ryan Sale, 28, were arrested by members of the Manila Police District headed by Brig. Gen. Leo M. Francisco.
Another suspect is still being hunted by MPD and National Capital Region Police Office operatives on orders of NCRPO director, Major Gen. Vicente D. Danao Jr.
Gen. Eleazar said they are also coordinating with the Bureau of Corrections their effort to prevent convicted leaders and members of KFR and robbery-holdup syndicates from continuing their lawless acts and be of service to politicians in next year’s presidential and national elections.
“Nakikipag-ugnayan na rin tayo sa Bureau of Corrections sa pamumuno ni Director General Gerald Bantag na higpitan ang pagbabantay sa mga convicted na mga leader at miyembro ng mga robbery at KFR syndicates sa New Bilibid Prison upang hindi sila mabigyan ng pagkakataon na magbigay serbisyo sa mga tiwaling kandidato na maaring kunin ang kanilang serbisyo,” he said.