Friday, May 4, 2018

PNP chief Abayalde relieves 2 cops driving 'colorum' vehicles

PNP chief Dir. Gen. Oscar D. Albayalde (ctto)

Chief Director-General Oscar Albayalde of the Philippine National Police (PNP) has relieved two police officers who were apprehended for driving unregistered or “colorum” vehicle in the recent operation conducted by the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) in Paranaque and Pasay.

Reportedly, the unmarked vehicles were also being used by Chief Insp. Juan Saldua Cipriano Jr. of the Southern Police District and Senior Police Officer 4 Ronnie Arimbuyutan Druja of the PNP Aviation Security Group as UV Express, picking up passengers and charging them a certain fee.

The vans were also marked with stickers from the Office of the President.

Also, the officers caught were confirmed to be on active service and will be placed under the Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit (PHAU) of the PNP and will be investigated by the Counter Intelligence Task Force.

Abayalde expressed his gratitude towards the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for not tolerating the wrongdoings of the policemen such as this.

"Nagpapasalamat ako na hindi nila pinalampas yung mali ng ating mga kapulisan. Magsilbi sana itong babala sa iba pang kapulisan (I am thankful that they did not tolerate the wrongdoings of our police. This should serve as a warning to other members of the police),” the PNP chief said in statement to the media on Friday.

Meanwhile, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade expressed disappointment over the incident.

“Nakakalungkot na kung sino pa iyong mga dapat nagpapatupad ng batas ay sila pa ang mismong lumalabag. Akalain mo, imbes na protektahan ang mga tao gaya ng sinumpaan nila, lalo pa nilang nilalagay sa alanganin ang buhay ng mga pasahero dahil sa pag-drive ng colorum. Mismong si Pangulong Duterte na ang nagsabi na alisin ang colorum sa kalsada, at ‘yan ang gagawin natin. (It is sad to note that those who are supposed to enforce the law are the ones violating it. Instead of serving the people as they have sworn, they are putting the passengers’ lives in danger because they are driving colorum vehicles. President Duterte himself has ordered a crackdown on colorum and we will do this)," Tugade said.

 Source: PNA