At least 20 people have been killed in the country by riding-in-tandem just this month, the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights disclosed on Thursday.
Sen. Richard Gordon, chairman of the Senate panel, said the figures were based on the monitoring done by his committee which is now investigating the spate of unlawful killings in the country.
Of the 20 people killed by motorcycle-riding assassins, 12 are civilians, three were policemen, while the others were a teacher, a priest, politician, lawyer and a government employee.
He noted that the killings happened in broad daylight and some were even committed within their own home or just steps away from their home.
“I’m not sure if they were the only ones killed but this was the information gathered by my committee staff,” Gordon said during a hearing.
“This manner of killings really reeks of impunity. The killers are getting more bold,” he lamented.
The senator said there have been too many killing incidents but very few cases are being solved.
Gordon reminded those involved that one cannot be the judge, jury, and executioner at the same time. He also said there is a need for the government to act on these assassinations.
“We need to step in. If we don’t do anything about this, then it will seem like we have a breakdown of peace and order and failure of the law. Something that we don’t appreciate,” he said.