MANILA, Philippines - At least 3-4 government officials and police officers have already been identified by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as being involved in carjacking, DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said Tuesday.
Robredo said that based on their initial investigation, they already have the names of the said officials but he refused to identify them.
"Once we have sufficient evidence, papangalanan na namin sila. Ang gusto namin ma-resolve ito at hindi para hiyain lang sila, kaya hanggang wala kaming sapat na ebidensya and once firmer na yun kaso, that's the only time we will give names," he said.
Robredo believes the worsening carjacking problem is due to the fact that no one has been held liable.
"Nakita namin na may pattern. Una, kakasuhan tapos umayaw yun complainant o di kaya yun testigo either the complainants were threatened or nabayaran sila," Robredo added.
DOJ-DILG probe panel
The DILG chief said they will be forming an investigating panel, together with the Department of Justice (DOJ), to investigate carjacking cases.
"We already shared some information to [Justice] Secretary Leila de Lima and names to give her an idea what to look at. Forming a panel also serves as proof that the DILG will not tolerate police officers who are involved in carnapping," he added.
De Lima said the DOJ-DILG panel will look into the possible involvement of law enforcers in carjacking cases. She said the joint DOJ-DILG department order or joint circular will be inked within the week.
Robredo earlier said authorities want to know if there are government officials who are aiding the Dominguez carjacking syndicate, which has been linked to the murders of Venson Evangelista, Emerson Lozano and Ernani Sensil.
"Sino pa yung mga connection sa pamahalaan? Carnapping hindi naman lalaki o lalaganap kung walang kasama na nagrerehistro ng mga sasakyan, kung wala pang ibang kasama na nagpapalago ng negosyo na ito," he said.
He added the Evangelista slay case will not be considered solved until authorities determine the motive behind the killing.
Robredo said Raymond Dominguez is facing at least 31 criminal cases, including 19 cases of carjackings. At least one of the charges against him is non-bailable, Robredo said.
"We need to find out why cases that are considered non-bailable were still given bail. Also, he spent at least P3.4 million on bail for the 19 cases. Add to that the other cases and he could have easily spent P4 million in bail money," he said. With a report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News