Car shops told: Ensure no carnapped vehicles in your lot

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

CARNAPPED vehicles being bought by unsuspecting buyers from used car dealers in Davao City are a persistent problem that Mayor Rodrigo Duterte wants to stop.

His solution: for owners of used car shops to check each and every vehicle in their inventory to ensure that not one of these is on the hot car list, or else they will lose their business permits.

The mayor, in his Sunday TV program “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa,” reminded car shop owners that they should exercise due diligence to ensure that there are no carnapped vehicles in their lot. He promised to suspend a car shop’s business permit once this is implicated in carnapping.


"Kini bang mga casa sa sakyanan mag-display mo diha unya manganha ning mga tawo aron mupalit, ngadto-ngadto diay inig gamit sa gawas unya makit-an sa highway patrol, kinawat diay to (These car shops display vehicles for people to buy. Of course, buyers will only know it’s a carnapped vehicle, once it will be checked by the police)," Duterte said.

"It's about time to correct that because [it] is not a good business. Do not tell me even if you don't own the cars displayed or sold in your shop, wala na ka labot. Do not give me that reason na keso rented mao ni, mao na. I won't buy that proposition (Just because you don’t own the cars displayed in your shop doesn’t mean you have no responsibility over these cars)," Duterte said.

He said any shop selling carnapped vehicles, whether the vehicle is owned by the shop owner or not, will be held liable for violation of the Presidential Decree 1612, or The Anti-Fencing Law.

"You better watch out. It's a crime and I will revoke your business license. I warned you so we could simplify and pinpoint those who are liable of the crime. Shop owners, I said it behooves upon you to find out really whether or not the vehicles sold are legit," he added.

The mayor said he will also issue an executive order requiring those who want to have the same business to ask for clearance from the Land Transportation Office and Highway Patrol Group before they can sell secondhand vehicles.

"Wala nay ordinance. Dugay kaayo na kay mag committee hearing pa. Maayo ng executive order para deretso na (I don’t need an ordinance. An executive order is better because it is implementable right away)," Duterte said, adding that ignorance of the law excuses no one.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 17, 2014.

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