MANILA, Philippines - The military has no report linking Philippine National Police Directorate for Integrated Police Operations in Northern Luzon chief Roberto “Boysie” Rosales to carjacking syndicates, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said Monday.
DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo said Armed Forces chief of staff Gen. Ricardo David denied any military intelligence report linking Rosales to carjackers as reported in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
"There is no such report and General David also texted me there is no such report," he told ANC's Headstart.
Robredo said Rosales's name also did not crop up in the list provided by the Highway Patrol Group linking several police officers to carjackers.
"I want to make sure before we name any names. Rosales was not mentioned there. The only time we name names is when there is a certain degree of certainty," he said.
The DILG chief said he met Rosales Sunday night to discuss the Inquirer report. He said the police officer admitted meeting Superintendent Napoleon Cauyan, the alleged conduit of the Dominguez syndicate, to get information about carjack rings.
Rosales later ordered his intelligence team to verify the information, which came out as true.
The DILG chief said the government is currently investigating more than 13 police officers and Land Transportation Office officers with alleged links to carjacking syndicates. He said the carjacking syndicate stretches all the way to Visayas and Mindanao.
He also noted that the military need not apologize or explain about the false report on Rosales.
The Inquirer said a report “leaked by a colonel in the Armed Forces” points to Rosales as the protector of the Dominguez syndicate, which was tagged earlier for the killings of car dealers.
For his part, Rosales dared reporter Arlyn dela Cruz to name her source and produce evidence that he is indeed a coddler of carjack syndicates.
“Since the syndicates are well-entrenched, they have the protection of some law enforcers. They need a fall guy. I’m challenging them to come out. I’m challenging the source of the information, if it really did come from an intelligence unit in Camp Aguinaldo,” he said.
Rosales said he has never been linked to any scandal or crime in his 33 years in service.
On the other hand, he said he acquired many enemies in his work.
He identified the major cases he handled in the past, including the arrest of former Mayor Romy Mitra who allegedly escorted a drug shipment. Rosales was then former police provincial director of Quezon.
As former National Capital Region Police Office Chief, Rosales said he was also able to apprehend different drug syndicate leaders as well as those using the Land Transportation Office’s name through fraud.
He said the leaking of the alleged report was meant only to destroy his name.