SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union- Elements of a checkpoint operation dubbed “Operation Plan Sita” and manned by the Philippine National Police and the Land Transportation Office apprehended on Wednesday a public utility jeepney carrying a group of men from Ilocos Norte, travelling to Metro Manila.
Supt Julius Suriben, San Fernando City police chief, said that the jeepney, driven by Jayson Ligsay of Laoag City, was stopped after it was discovered it was loaded with several rolls of streamers, rice sacks, cooking utensils and personal belongings.
The vehicle was allegedly rented by Ligsay’s companion Regino Cacuyong of Pinili, Ilocos Norte. The group was deemed part of alleged militant protesters that may disrupt the two-day Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit that began Tuesday in Manila.
The said checkpoint operation is being conducted to prevent public utility vehicles being used by certain personalities and militant groups from going to Metro Manila for rallies in connection with the APEC Leaders’ summit..
The LTO Flying Squad confiscated Ligsay’s driver’s license, removed the vehicle’s rear plate number, and issued him a temporary operation permit after the jeepney was found to be running with several defects and declared it unfit for long distance travel.
It was learned that Ligsay and Cacuyong decided not to proceed to Metro Manila and turned back to Ilocos Norte.
Supt. Angelito Dumangeg, provincial police director, said that 20 of the estimated 200 vehicles ordered checked have been apprehended as of press time. Dumangeng’s directive to the effect was in support of the on-going APEC Summit and also to fill the vacuum left by police provincial personnel who were sent to Manila to boost the security arrangement for the gathering of world leaders. William Jun Garcia/NorthboundPH