Two police officers were apprehended for driving colorum vehicles during a recent anti-colorum operation conducted last April 26, Thursday, in Paranaque and Pasay City.
Philippine National Police (PNP) officers Police Chief Inspector Juan Saldua Cipriano Jr. of the Southern Police District, and SPO4 Ronnie Arimbuyutan Druja of the PNP Aviation Security Group, were caught driving unmarked vehicles disguised as passenger vans. Apart from driving colorum vehicles, the vans were also marked with stickers from the Office of the President.
Both officers are confirmed to be in active service.
Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade expressed his dismay over the incident, while reassuring the public that anti-colorum operations will continue.
“Nakakalungkot na kung sino pa iyong mga dapat nagpapatupad ng batas ay sila pa ang mismong lumalabag. Akalain mo, imbes na protektahan ang mga tao gaya ng sinumpaan nila, lalo pa nilang nilalagay sa alanganin ang buhay ng mga pasahero dahil sa pag-drive ng colorum. Mismong si Pangulong Duterte na ang nagsabi na alisin ang colorum sa kalsada, at ‘yan ang gagawin natin,” said Tugade.
DOTr Undersecretary for Road Transport and Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (I-ACT) Chairman Tim Orbos has already reported the incident to PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde for appropriate sanctions.
“The apprehension of police officers who were moonlighting as drivers of colorum vans is truly unfortunate. They are supposed to be our partners in the anti-colorum effort, but they are the ones violating it,” Orbos lamented.
Both vehicles have been impounded by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
Joint operations by the I-ACT and LTFRB led to the apprehension of the police officers, along with 57 motorists apprehended for smoke belching, 35 for violating the “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” campaign, and six other colorum vehicles that were impounded by the LTFRB.
The number of violators caught is the highest number recorded in a single day of operations. DOTr