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2 vehicles with No. 8 protocol plates seized in Pasig amid crackdown

/ 03:55 PM November 16, 2018

Two vehicles with the number 8 protocol plates reserved for members of the House of Representatives were recovered by the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group in Pasig City on Friday.

The PNP-HPG recovered a red Chevrolet Suburban and a black Ford E150 on the same day that the vehicle owned by musician Jojo Valerio was confiscated. Valerio’s Toyota FJ Cruiser earlier figured in a road rage incident captured on video which later went viral in social media.

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READ: Police recover vehicle used in viral road rage video | 

READ: ‘I was spat at… so I punched him,’ says road rage suspect Valerio

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The Chevrolet Suburban even had stickers of logos of the Office of the President on the front windshield and of the House of Representatives on the rear windshield.

Senior Inspector Atanacio Alvarez, team leader of the Task Force Limbas Mobile 14, told INQUIRER.net that a concerned citizen called the police unit about the vehicles parked at Trinidad Homes Subdivision in Barangay Manggahan, Pasig City. His team then launched the operation that led to the recovery of the vehicles.

READ: Incidents that put No. ‘8’ car plates in bad light

Alvarez said the owner of both vehicles claimed that the number 8 protocol plates and the stickers were already attached when these were given to him as payment for a debt.

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Earlier, PNP-HPG Director Chief Supt. Roberto Fajardo warned that the Land Transportation Office has not issued new number 8 protocol plates since the 16th Congress.

He said using these expired plates is unauthorized, and would lead to the confiscation of the vehicles and a fine of P5,000./ac

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