By Hannah Torregoza
Senator Richard Gordon has urged the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to be careful in drafting the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the newly-enacted Republic Act 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, and ensure that the spirit of the law would not be lost.
Gordon, author and sponsor of the law, stressed that the IRR should not digress from its purpose, that is, to protect the citizenry from crimes committed with the use of motorcycles.
“The government is now taking action against riding-in-tandem crimes with the enactment of this law. We should not let this law die because of poor implementation that is why the LTO should do the IRR properly,” Gordon said in a statement.
“The IRR is not law-making. It is just an explanation of how the law will be implemented,” he pointed out.
Gordon, chair of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, said he intends to inform the LTO through a letter proposing a consultation with his committee as they draft the IRR to ensure they would get the purpose of the law correctly.
“I have been in discussion with the LTO since the inception of this bill. However, laws die in the implementation,” he said.
“Therefore, the LTO must be careful in writing the IRR. As the principal author and sponsor, I would like to help the Committee which will draft the IRR to make sure that it reflects the genuine spirit of the law,” he said.
The lawmaker said his experience in implementing a public transport color-coding scheme in Olongapo City when he was a mayor could contribute greatly in the crafting of the IRR.
“Olongapo City has been implementing a public transport color coding scheme since 1985, when I was Mayor of the City. The scheme has been an effective tool in deterring crimes and is still implemented up to this day,” he said.
“My experience in implementing such scheme in Olongapo would greatly contribute to the crafting of the IRR,” Gordon assured.