PNP zeroing in on criminals on motorbike

By Aaron Recuenco

A ranking police official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) is eyeing the implementation of a one-strike policy on motorcycle-riding criminal attacks in order to compel police commanders to come up with security measures against the motorcyle-riding suspects.

Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar (PNP / MANILA BULLETIN) Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar

Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, the Chief Directorial Staff of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said he would discuss the proposal to the leadership of the PNP.

“If this is implemented, our commanders will be forced to come up with the best plan in order to prevent the occurrence of crime being perpetrated by these motorcycle-riding criminals,” said Eleazar.

Motorcycles are usually being used by hitmen, robbers and other criminal groups.

Police said motorcycles are considered as the best getaway vehicle amid the traffic problems in urban areas.

Based on the proposal, police commanders would be sacked if they fail to come up with measures to prevent motorcycle-riding suspects' attack and their failure to solve the crime within 24 hours.

Eleazar said the best way for police commanders to address the problem is to implement preemptive measures in their areas of jurisdiction.

Among them is the aggressive conduct of random and surprise checkpoints in key roads of towns and cities.

Strict monitoring and accounting of motorcycle owners in every community, as well as preventive measures against stealing motorcycles are also useful, according to Eleazar.