In his first two (2) months being the Regional Director (RD) of PRO12, PCSupt Marcelo C Morales on his stiffer and relentless campaign of against carnapping in Region 12 was able to lower the said crime by almost 50% from a total of 45 recorded incident in December last year 2017 to a total of 21 in January this year 2018.
Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat Province with a total of 30 recorded cases of motor theft in two months topped the list of areas where the incident happened. The town of Kabacan in Cotabato Province followed with a total of 11 incidents recorded.
On its intensified conduct of check points, Oplan Salikop or “Oplan Lockdown”, and Oplan Sita,
RD Morales said that PRO 12 has gone mile already in targeting undocumented/unregistered motorcycles and neutralizing criminals.
Last January 24, 2018 in Tacurong City, on a hot pursuit operation against escapees charged for carnapping, the PNP arrested Oting Mohamad and was able to neutralize Andy Pasatiempo Evangelista who sustained gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital after the responding government forces retaliated to evangelista who fired his firearm towards them.
On the latest operation of the PNP against carnapping this year, one unidentified suspect and suspect Dino Palti were suspects on carnapping in Tacurong City sustained gunshot wounds that caused their untimely death when they fired upon the retaliating PNP members conducting blocking and check point at President Quirino in Sultan Kudarat
RD Morales is optimistic to eradicate carnapping in the region.