MANILA, Philippines --- Carnappers broke into the highly secured Camp Aguinaldo, the headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and took an Army colonel's car, police said on Sunday.
Senior Police Officer 3 Edwin Sison said Colonel Nelson Chedrome, assigned at the AFP Dental Service lost his Mazda Familia (UPJ 652) parked outside his quarters inside Camp Aguinaldo In Quezon City.
Chedrome discovered his car missing at around 4 a.m. Saturday upon arriving at his quarters at 409-B Capinpin Avenue, Camp Aguinaldo.
The colonel said he and his wife had just arrived home after celebrating their wedding anniversary outside the camp when he found his quarters in disarray and his car missing. Apart from the vehicle, two mobile phones were also missing.
Sison said the the suspects gained entry through the kitchen window by cutting through the screen.
Once inside the suspects ransacked the place and were able to find the car keys from one of the rooms.
A closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage also showed that the car exited through gate 2 of the camp.
AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. said security inside Camp Aguinaldo was further enhanced following the carnap incident.
In view of the incident, Burgos said: ''We will intensify further the security inside the camp although may mga na-preempt nna tayo dati. This time, this is an isolated case.''
''Matindi naman ang security sa camp but we will intensify further security... although we have been doing that...'' said Burgos, noting the presence of a random checkpoint at exit points of the camp starting from 10:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.
Burgos said the suspect may have parked the stolen car somewhere in the camp and waited until those conducting the checkpoint left. (With a report from Elena L. Aben)