PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa yesterday ordered
the PNP Highway Patrol Group headed by Chief Superintendent Arnel B. Escobal to go after all
unauthorized users of sirens, blinkers and blinding LED lights in the country, the crackdown to
spare no one including politicians and law enforcers.
“We will go even after politicians using these banned gadgets since the law should be
carried out without fear or favor,” the PNP chief said shortly after he, PNP Deputy Chief for
Operations, Deputy Director General Fernando H. Mendez Jr. and Escobal led the destruction of some
3,400 sirens, blinkers, LED lights and other banned gadgets installed in motor vehicles seized by
the PNP-HPG since October last year.
Escobal, a lawyer-member of Philippine Military Academy “Hinirang” Class of 1987, told the
Journal Group that since October last year, agents of the National Capital Region Highway Patrol
Unit have already confiscated more than 3,400 banned LED lights, mufflers, sirens and blinkers in
Metro Manila alone, or an average of 36 daily apprehensions for the past 120 days.
Escobal said the campaign targets violators of Presidential Decree 96. Under PD 96, only
marked vehicles designated for the use of the PNP, Presidential Security Group, Armed Forces,
National Bureau of Investigation, Land Transportation Office, Bureau of Fire Protection and
hospital ambulances can be fitted with sirens, bells, horns or similar gadgets.
As for government officials -- only the President, Vice President, Senate President, House
Speaker, and Chief Justice -- are afforded the same privilege.
“We’re informing the public that we have been conducting a no let-up campaign on drivers
using these banned devices and gadgets amid a growing public clamor,” he said.
So far, PNP-HPG agents have already accosted the driver of a party-list representative
found using a siren, blinker and an unauthorized plate number in his motor vehicle.
Escobal called on the public to report through their hotline 7444HPG or 7444-474 motorists
using the banned gadgets or involved in criminal activities and other violation of traffic laws
and regulations so they can immediately take appropriate actions.
The PNP-HPG director thanked the Smart Communications Inc., represented by Gabby R. Cui ,
for helping them realize their dream of having their own hotline.
Last week, the PNP-HPG launched their hotline which Escobal said will complete the Traffic
Enforcement Component of their “Disiplinadong Driver” campaign
“Through this hotline, we are now able to provide a platform for all motorists and road
users to report complaints about road safety and security to ensure that these are given focus and
immediate actions by our traffic law enforcers and through the different traffic enforcement and
management agencies under the Inter-Agency Council for Traffic (i-ACT) such as the DoTr, LTO, MMDA
and the LGU’s Department of Public Order and Safety,” the official said.