THE problem of rising number of street crimes, particularly those committed by motorcycle-riding
gunmen, seems like a small matter when compared to drug trafficking and drug abuse.
But there’s now that urgent need to step up the tempo of the government’s campaign against
riding-in-tandem criminals, illegal gamblers, illegal recruiters and other lawless elements.
And stripped of its authority to conduct anti-illegal drugs operations, the Philippine
National Police (PNP) has focused its attention on its regular law enforcement activities.
PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Dionardo B. Carlos acknowledged that the activities of motorcycle-
riding criminals continue to tarnish the reputation and credibility of the national police agency.
As directed by the PNP chief, Director-General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa, “everyone shall
(now) focus on the significant decrease, if not stop, of this street crime,” according to Carlos.
Thus, the PNP leadership has dissolved all drug enforcement units (DEUs) from the regional
offices down to police stations across the country.
All police commanders are under instruction to thoroughly screen members of the disbanded DEUs
who will join tracker teams assigned to go after motorcycle-riding criminals.
Director Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, head of the PNP Directorate for Operations, said the
Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) will now be limited to intelligence gathering and consolidation only.
Information gathered by the PNP-DEG will be submitted immediately to the Philippine Drug
Enforcement Agency (PDEA) under Director-General Aaron N. Aquino, a retired police general.
Of course, we are glad to know that the PNP, which is civilian in nature but national in
scope, is determined to hit hard at riding-in-tandem criminals and other lawless elements.
For the benefit of our countrymen, including the ordinary citizens, let’s support the PNP as
it exerts its best efforts to wipe out street crimes not only in the metropolis but elsewhere.