IMEG, HPG tighten drive vs. use of seized vehicles in PNP camps

By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

February 3, 2023, 1:30 pm

<p><em>(PNA file photo by Yancy Lim)</em></p>

(PNA file photo by Yancy Lim)

MANILA – Two units of the Philippine National Police (PNP) joined forces in cracking down on the use of confiscated vehicles and motorcycles, particularly those seized as pieces of evidence in criminal cases.

In a statement Friday, Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) chief Brig. Gen. Warren de Leon said his office and the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) have been conducting lockdowns for the measure in several police camps since Jan. 27.

“Since January 27 to 31, 2023, we have inspected a total of 2,213 motor vehicles and motorcycles in various camps in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao,” De Leon said.

Of the total number of inspected vehicles, 36 individuals were issued with citation tickets -- 16 of whom were PNP personnel.

The rest of the apprehended violators were civilians and other government agencies who were visiting the camp.

He further said that based on the result of the activity, several violations were committed by PNP personnel, foremost among these were expired registration and no attached plate number, or improvised plate.

“Our goal for conducting this series of camp lockdowns is to apprehend unscrupulous PNP personnel using unregistered, recovered, impounded and carnapped or stolen motor vehicles and motorcycles and instill discipline within our ranks which is part of our efforts to intensify our internal cleansing program,” De Leon said.

De Leon said the measure aims to show that the PNP does not tolerate any personnel committing this illegal activity.

He said civilian violators were issued with traffic citation tickets by the HPG personnel while the administrative charges are being prepared against active cops. (PNA)