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PAOCC, PNP-HPG partner to arrest 5 men wanted for car theft

March 31, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 659 views

A PRESIDENTIAL Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC)-supported anti-criminality operation by the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group has resulted in the arrest of a couple wanted for violation of Republic Act 10883 or the New Anti-Carnapping Law of 2016 in Olongapo City, PAOCC Executive Director Gilbert DC Cruz said on Friday.

Two of those arrested as a result of the PAOCC-PNP-HPG Coplan: Ares NCR-Canare were Rhofe Ramos Canare and his wife Jenween Gonzales, both wanted for the carnapping and disposal of at least eight motor vehicles, six of which have already been recovered by the HPG and returned to their rightful owners.

The two were caught near Casino YBC along Rizal Avenue Extension corner 5th Street, Magsaysay, Olongapo City last Sunday. A record check showed that Rhofe was first arrested in an entrapment operation inside a restaurant in AliMall, Cubao, Quezon City last February 9 for violation of RA 10883, estafa and robbery-extortion.

However, he managed to post bail on February 17 and was released from the HPG National Capital Region Highway Patrol Unit lock-up facility.

The arrest of the couple is one of the accomplishments made by the PNP-HPG headed by Brigadier General Clifford B. Gairanod with the support of the PAOCC.

On Tuesday, members of the Regional Highway Patrol Unit 1 arrested Rengie Gulayda alias ‘Phjay Gulayda’ for violation of RA 10883. Gulayada, wanted for stealing a parked motorcycle in his workplace on September 13, 2021 before assuming his younger brother’s name to work in Manila, is a target of the PAOCC-supported HPG Coplan: Ares 11Bantilyan.

The suspect who has been tagged as the most wanted car theft personality in the Ilocos-Pangasinan region was tracked down in his hiding place in Barangay Palatiw in Pasig City by a team of PNP-HPG agents led by Major Carlo Loñosa and Maj. Edgardo Santiago.

Last February 1, another PAOCC-PNP-HPG operation codenamed Coplan: Ares 10 Momo in Bgy. Sangi in Lapu-Lapu City in Cebu led to the arrest of Nelson Momo. The suspect is wanted for stealing a vehicle on September 5, 2020 before selling it to other persons.

Momo has been described as a member of a syndicate involved in the so-called ‘Rent-Tangay/Assume-Balance’ scheme to steal vehicles in the country.

The two unit’s Coplan: Ares 1 Agustin last February 28 likewise resulted in the arrest of Mark Anthony Agustin, a man accused of forcibly stealing a motorcycle from its owner Christian Yadao on July 30, 2018. The suspect was arrested in Bgy. Boquig in Bantay, Ilocos Sur by members of the Ilocos Sur Provincial Highway Patrol Team and the Bantay Municipal Police Station.