By: Francis Allan L. Angelo
THE REGIONAL Development Council (RDC)-Western Visayas is opposed to plans to revive the anti-carnapping (Ancar) clearance in the transport of motor vehicles via inter-island vessels.
The RDC expressed its opposition to the Ancar policy during its recent executive committee meeting November 11.
The PNP recently requested Malacañang to revive the Ancar policy to stem the spate of carjacking and carnapping cases in Luzon. The stolen cars are reportedly shipped to Visayas where it is sold to unwitting buyers.
The Ancar clearance required by the PNP is a proof that a vehicle being transferred from one port to another is not stolen. It was first imposed during the Martial Law period to 2011.
If the Ancar clearance requirement will be reinstated, the vehicle owners are required first to secure a clearance from the PNP Highway Patrol Group before they can be allowed to bring their units to other island-provinces.
The engine and chassis numbers, including the other vehicle’s descriptions shall be matched to the list of stolen vehicles nationwide to determine whether or not the vehicles that are about to be brought to other provinces are among them
The police proposed to pilot the re-implementation of the Ancar policy in Regions 4, 5 and 7.
The RDC-Western Visayas chaired by Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco said the Ancar clearance did not effectively deter the incidents of carnapping, thus, it is considered not the appropriate solution to the problem.
The Ancar clearance is seen to violate the legal tenet on the presumption of innocence as it created the assumption that all vehicles are considered stolen until the owner proves otherwise.
“It will also restrain the free flow of people, goods and services in the island provinces and will reverse the socio-economic gains and momentum attained by the implementation of the Strong Republic National Highway (SRNH) which is supportive of the country’s tourism and trade sectors,” the RDC-Western Visayas said.
The Visayas Regional Development Committee (RDCom) composed of the RDCs of Western, Central and Eastern Visayas regions already expressed its opposition to the Ancar clearance during its meeting in Iloilo City August 2, 2011.
The RDCom, through Resolution No. 06-2011, recommended that the National Board-RDCom request the Office of the President not to revive the Ancar clearance.