TRACKER teams from the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group’s (PNP-HPG) National Capital Region Unit have arrested three wanted car theft suspects in Metro Manila (MM) following a series of manhunt operations, a report to PNP-HPG Director Brigadier General Rommel Francisco D. Marbil said on Saturday.
The official said the three suspects were arrested by members of the RHPU-NCR headed by Lt. Col. Joel L. Mendoza.
Marbil said that one suspect, a resident of Francis Ville, Bgy. Maligaya, Antipolo City, is tagged as the no. 1 most wanted carnapping personality in Metro Manila and was finally arrested in front of Jollibee Tayuman in Sta. Cruz, Manila, on Tuesday afternoon following a tip from a concerned citizen.
The suspect is the subject of a warrant of arrest for violation of Republic Act 10883 or the New Anti-Carnapping Act of 2016, swindling/estafa, and robbery-extortion issued against him by a local court.
An RHPU-NCR tracker team led by Major Anselmo Chulipa arrested the suspect in coordination with the Manila Police District (MPD) headed by Brig. Gen. Leo M. Francisco.
On the other hand, the 2nd suspect, a wallpaper installer, was arrested on Wednesday morning at the Bgy. 174 Hall in Caloocan City.
Brig. Gen. Marbil said that Mendoza’s men arrested the suspect based on a warrant for violation of RA 10883 issued by Judge Mohammad Aquil Tamano of the San Mateo, Rizal Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 77and a P300,000 bail was set for the temporary liberty of the accused.
The 3rd suspect was tracked down and arrested on Wednesday afternoon by RHPU-NCR operatives inside the GSO Depot located in Baltazar St., in Bgy. Sto. Tomas, Pasig City.
Lt. Col. Mendoza said that his men led by Lt. Sherwin Pining, arrested the suspect on the strength of a warrant for violation of RA 10883 issued by Judge Janice Yulo-Antero of the NCR RTC Br. 16 with a P300,000 recommended bail.
The arrest of the three suspects came in the aftermath of an intensified effort by the PNP-HPG to account for wanted car theft personalities and other lawbreakers in the country as ordered by PNP Officer-in-Charge (PNP-OIC) Lt. Gen. Vicente D. Danao Jr.