PRESS RELEASE
NUP Maria Christina I. Mayor

Published on
16 June 2017

IPPO warns operators and drivers against carnapping modus

Camp Francisco U. Sumagaysay, Sr., STA. BARBARA, ILOILO, June 16-- Iloilo Police Provincial Office warns the public against a new carnapping modus targeting drivers of vehicles for rent in Panay. 

The warning comes after one vehicle, a Grandia van was carnapped by three still unidentified persons in Oton, Iloilo on Thursday morning and eventually recovered in San Miguel, Iloilo after an intensive police operation. 

The suspects transacted with the driver only through a phone-call and when the time for pick-up came, a different set of persons arrived to retain the services of the driver and the vehicle. 

The driver luckily escaped by jumping from the van. 

IPPO Director, Police Senior Superintendent Harold Tuzon advised the operators and drivers of vehicles for rent to transact personally with the potential client and not to entertain through calls or texts only. 

He also encouraged these drivers to require proof of identification from potential clients. 

“These vehicles may be used to commit crime including robbery and kidnapping that is why it is important that clients be properly identified”, Tuzon said. 

IPPO personnel are still investigating the incidents for possible identification and arrest of the suspects while police visibility and operations are intensified to prevent future incidents from happening.