By US News Agency / Asian
The notorious Dominguez carjacking gang is heavily armed and dangerous.
This was the warning issued by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) on Thursday following the recovery of eight stolen brand-new luxury vehicles during a raid at the parking lot of a condominium unit in Mandaluyong City last Nov. 2.
Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina, HPG commander, said HPG operatives engaged the Dominguez group in a shootout in Tandang Sora, Quezon City last Oct. 28, killing one gang member, Albert de la Cruz, and wounding another, Eduardo Fernandez. Two other gang members escaped, leaving behind their two cohorts.
The carjacking gang is allegedly led by Raymond Dominguez, who is now the object of a massive police manhunt.
Espina said the PNP is offering a P500,000 reward for anyone who can give information that would lead to the arrest of Dominguez, who is known to exact revenge to kill a policeman every time one of his gang member is slain.
“That’s how brutal and notorious Dominguez is,” a PNP staff who asked not to be identified said.
HPG operatives are also tracking down starlet Katrina Paula (Angeline Samonte in real life), the girlfriend of Dominguez.
The couple was not in their condo unit during the police raid. The police raiders were armed with a search warrant.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) commander Chief Superintendent Leonardo Espina said they recovered the eight expensive cars, including one belonging to former Labor Undersecretary Dionisio de la Serna, after his men raided the condo of Paula on Nov. 2.
The recovered vehicles were a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV owned by De la Serna; a Mitsubishi Montero; an Isuzu D-Max pickup; a Toyota Fortuner; a Mazda 3 sedan; a Hyundai Starex van; a BMW; and a Toyota Hi-Ace Grandia.
The Dominguez carjacking gang’s modus operandi is to seize the vehicles while parked or poke a gun at the driver.
Director General Raul M. Bacalzo, PNP chief, called on the motoring public to be vigilant against carjacking syndicates and urged prospective buyers of second-hand vehicles to check first with the High Patrol Group before buying.