THE Philippine National Police headed by Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has launched an ambitious drive to tag over 4-million motorcycles with ‘Clean Rider’ stickers and muster the support of motorbike riders in the stepped-up effort to address murders and robbery-holdups being committed by motorcycle-riding suspects or MRS, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
The PNP chief explained that the plan aims for a more vigorous, focused, and effective campaign to totally eliminate crimes committed by MRS when he led the sticker tagging and ceremonial signing of pledge of commitment of participants from various motorcycle clubs and organizations. Gen. Albayalde said the stickers are free and can only be put on owners of motorcycles provided they volunteer. Similar events took place in all police regional and provincial offices last week.
Records collated by the PNP from the Land Transportation Office showed that a total of 4,133,305 motorcycles have been registered nationwide, the biggest number of them in Metro Manila with 823,462, followed by Region IV-A with 497,290 and Region 7 in Central Visayas with 436,255.
During the event at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Gen. Albayalde, who was joined by NCRPO director, Chief Superintendent Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar and his five District Directors, noted that the Clean Rider Campaign will help address crimes perpetrated by MRS who have targeted high-profile victims such as priests and elected government officials in the past.
“This is also an opportune time to steer effectively the culture of well-disciplined and responsible marshals of the road, as we mainly underscore the massive move to eliminate crimes perpetrated by these motorcycle riding suspects,” the PNP chief said.
He said the campaign will also help ensure the safety and security of the citizens across the country.
PNP Director for Operations, Ma-o R. Aplasca said Clean Riders are also qualified to be force multipliers of the City Police Offices/City Police Stations and Municipal Police Stations who will be tasked to help assist tourists and other riders to their tourist destinations.
They are also entitled to assist our police force in conducting motorcycle patrols in their respective areas of responsibility, said the official.
Albayalde expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the motorcycle clubs and organizations for being part of various campaigns and programs of the PNP that will help and sustain our paramount efforts in the name of public service.
“I reiterate that the PNP alone cannot ensure sustained peace and order without the support of our community. Despite our success, we should do more to make sure that a stable peace and order should be directly felt and experienced by all Filipinos. Our war against criminality and illegal drugs can only be dismantled through constant consultations and collaboration with the public,” he said.
Cases of MRS in NCR down -- Ileazar
Eleazar said MRS incidents in Metro Manila have been going down since last year, thanks to their pro-active campaign to arrest the presence of criminality.
NCRPO records showed that from January to July 2017, there were a total of 583 MRS who got involved in cases recorded in Metro Manila broken down into the following: 357 shooting; 6 physical injuries; 124 robberies; 28 theft; nine motor vehicle theft; and 49 motorcycle thefts.
From January to July this year, Eleazar said the records follow: 133 shooting from 357 or a -62.75 percent reduction; 20 theft cases from 28 or a -28.57 percent reduction; 2 cases of motor vehicle theft from 9 last year or a -77.78 percent reduction; and 39 motor vehicle thefts from 49 last year or a -20.41 percent reduction.
“Overall, there is a -39.11 percent reduction in cases involving MRS in Metro Manila or from 583 from January to July 2017 to 355 from January to July this year,” said Eleazar.