By Martin A. Sadongdong
With the advent of technology, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) yesterday urged the public to utilize the social media and text messaging as new ways of reporting crimes for quick police intervention and solution.
As such, NCRPO Director Camilo Cascolan encouraged the public to reach out to the Metro Manila police force through text hotline: “Isumbong Mo Kay Picoy 0995-0018-886” as he expressed commitment to provide appropriate and immediate response to concerns related to peace and order.
The NCRPO chief expressed readiness for the 28,000-strong Metro Manila police force “to respond to any concern, complaints or need for police assistance,” while assuring rewards will be given to those who will do their jobs “excellently.”
Cascolan cited the case of a carnap victim identified as Maria Kristina Morioka, who reported her stolen car through Cascolan’s Facebook account “Picoy Cascolan” last week.
Cascolan said Morioka sent a message to his account last May 16 and asked for assistance to recover her white Hyundai Accent with conduction sticker MN3085.
Morioka told police that her car was rented by a certain Regie Camille Cometa for a 24-hour self-drive on April 8 in Manila bound to Calauan, Laguna. The suspect then extended for more than 24 hours the rent of the car without paying the dues, she added.
Morioka said the suspect kept on promising to return the car but to no avail.
“Morioka kept on calling Cometa for follow-up until her calls and messages in phone and online were blocked,” Cascolan said.
This prompted Morioka to reach out to authorities through social media where the NCRPO had coordinated with the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s Highway Patrol Group (HPG) Task Force Limbas, leading to the recovery of the stolen vehicle after several days.
According to Cascolan, another victim with the same complaint and other concerned people who had the same or at least relevant financial issues came up for complaints against Cometa, who has been using the “rent-a-car” modus for quite some time already.