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HPG busts biggest carnap ring

Manila, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief P/Dir. Gen. Nicanor Bartolome announced last Friday that the biggest carnapping network in the country has been successfully busted through the unrelenting efforts of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG).

Bartolome, at the same time, said along with the neutralization of the syndicate known as the “Baktin Group”, a total of 29 vehicles were also seized and recovered following a series of operations in Bacolod City and Cagayan De Oro City. “Mainly thru the determined efforts of the Highway Patrol Group under Chief Superintendent Leonardo A.

Espina, the Baktin Group has been effectively neutralized with the seizure and recovery of 23 stolen motor vehicles in Bacolod City and six more in Cagayan de Oro City,” said Bartolome.

The PNP chief said the law enforcement action that led to the neutralization of the syndicate was part of a major case operation launched by the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) headed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, on orders of President Benigno S. Aquino III to hit hard on criminal elements preying on car owners and the motoring public. (Elena L. Aben)