By Hannah Torregoza
Senator Richard Gordon on Wednesday said it is high-time law enforcement authorities strictly enforce the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Law as the number of crimes committed by riding-in-tandem assassins continue to rise.
Gordon raised the issue at the continuation of the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee hearing on the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law, where he cited the killing of a former Bureau of Correction’s (BuCor) top lawyer in Muntinlupa City by two unidentified gunmen on board a motorcycle.
He also noted that 15 individuals from the BuCor who were killed were mostly done by riding-in-tandem criminals.
Gordon also cited the incident involving actress Kim Chiu, who, together with her personal assistant and driver, luckily survived an ambush by unidentified gunmen along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City, Wednesday morning.
“Riding-in-tandem assassins are still terrorizing the country. There is no time to tarry; there is an urgent need to implement this law to stop these crimes,” Gordon said.
“Hindi tayo dapat napapatay ng kahit sino. Hindi tayo papayag dito sa Senado na hindi ma-solve ang mga kasong ‘yan (We cannot just allow anyone to kill. We will not allow that these cases remain unsolved),” he pointed out.
“Mas marami pang pinatay ang riding-in-tandem kaysa sa coronavirus at hindi nakakatawa ‘yan, (More people are being killed by riding-in-tandem suspects than the new coronavirus and that is not funny),” Gordon said.
The senator said the Land Transportation Office (LTO), which is in charge of the law’s implementation, should come up with its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) so that it can be implemented right away.
According to Gordon, there are already 64 riding-in-tandem cases in the country from January 1 to March 4 of this year alone.
Most of these, he said, are civilians with 37 cases, while 12 victims were government employees.