Pineda to 3 mayors: ‘Go after illegal car dealers’

    CANDABA, Pampanga – Gov. Lilia “Baby” Pineda has asked three mayors to clamp down illegal car dealers following the recent raids on suspected lairs of the Dominguez alleged carnapping group in the province.

    Pineda, in an interview in Barangay Salapungan here on Wednesday afternoon, said he had called the attention of Mayors Marino “Boking” Morales of Mabalacat, Teddy Tumang of Mexico and Mayor Amado “Jun” Tetangco of Apalit as elements of the police led by provincial commander Senior Supt. Primitivo Retirado yielded eight vehicles and a towing truck in a series of raids since January 21.       

    Pineda said “it’s really the police who must run after criminals but the provincial government and local government units (LGUs) must help now before it will become worst.”
    She added that peace and order must prevail to push for progress and maintain investors’ confidence.

    Raymond and his brother Roger Dominguez, alleged leaders of the Dominguez group, surrendered to the Bulacan police after they were implicated in the murders of two car dealers and a driver whose bodies had been found in various parts in Central Luzon.

    Retirado disclosed they raided suspected Dominguez lairs in Barangay Mabiga, Mabalacat, Barangay Nampicuan in the City of San Fernando, Barangay Kamuning, Mexico and Barangay Pulung Bulu in Angeles City.

    The police did not raid Barangay Capalangan, Apalit but the area had been frequently raided by cops for being suspected as haven for dealers of stolen vehicle parts and accessories. 

    Pineda urged the LGUs to double check the business permits of vehicle dealers and documents of the parts they are selling. She asked the barangay captains to help their respective mayor ensure a thorough inspection of vehicle dealers in Pampanga.

    “We are concentrating on the areas raided by the police. But we want to check on car dealers and parts sellers in the entire province,” said Pineda in the dialect.  

    Pineda, who was leading a medical mission in the Candaba village near San Miguel, Bulacan, asked police “not let carnapping syndicates escaped their dragnets and operations.”

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