PALO, Leyte- Seventeen new patrol cars were distributed to the six provincial headquarters and city police stations by the regional Philippine National Police. The vehicles are to be used as staff cars or for administrative functions, Chief Supt. Elmer Beltejar, acting police regional director, said. “This is more as a service vehicles for our staff and will not be used in police operations,”Beltejar. Beltejar led the distribution of the equipment on Monday (July 25) at the regional police headquarters at Camp Ruperto Kangleon, this town. Each vehicle cost around P878,000 and is different from the patrol cars used by the police personnel during their operations. The police cars are among the 398 service utility vehicle that was acquired by the PNP in 2015 worth P394.4 million. In 2015, the PNP distributed 1,490 patrol jeeps to municipal police stations— 669 in Luzon, 369 in Visayas, and 422 in Mindanao. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)