THE Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) in Region 12 will set up traffic checkpoints on major roads on Monday in order to verify whether commuters are driving with their vehicle’s complete documents.
In his directive, Police Supt. Johnson Almazan, regional director of the PNP-HPG in Region 12, on Friday said they had received information on stolen motorcycles being used in transporting illegal drugs.
According to the police director, motorcycle thieves trade their stolen items and also transport illegal drugs such as methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.
Almazan said although they are still validating the reports they received, he is deploying round-the-clock traffic checkpoints in strategic parts of the region to identify drug dealers and motorcycle thieves.
He added that about 203 carjacking and stole- motorcycle cases are on their January to July 2015 records, showing about 421 stolen motorcycles and other vehicles in the region.
Almazan said these 421 cases were all properly documented and recorded in their database.
He warned all vehicle owners to be vigilant and secure their cars from thieves.
Almazan assured that all their personnel in the region have been doubling their efforts to resolve the rising carjacking and motorcycle-theft cases.
Region 12, also known as Socsksargen, comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and the city of General Santos.