PNP expands manhunt against riding-in-tandem criminals

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CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga – The Philippine National Police is coming up with a new strategy aimed at neutralizing riding-in-tandem criminals,​ also known as ​”​street monsters​”,​ that have been ​wreaking havoc in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon regions, said Chief Supt. Amador Corpus, director Central Luzon PNP.

Corpus said a technical working group, now on its second leg, is formulating an ultimate operation plan that would address the rising number of criminal incidents carried out by motorcycle​-​riding suspects across NCR, Region 4 and Region 3.

“We are coming up with a unified effort to put an end to ​these motorcycle​-​riding suspects who have been noted to have cross boundaries,” said Corpus during the 2nd Leg of Technical Working Group against MRS held at the multi-purpose hall in this regional police headquarters.

In Central Luzon alone, Corpus said Olivas recorded a total of 288 incidents involving MRS and only 48 cases have been solved.

“The strategy we​’​re going to map out will help us detect and identify the owners of motorcycle​s​ used in criminal activities within the greater Metro Manila region, which include NCR, Region 3 and Region 4-A,” Corpus pointed out but he did not elaborate.

The TWG will also seek the cooperation of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and different motorcycle dealers in getting the names of motorcycle owners which will be included in the PNP database for reference in cases that may arise involving MRS.

The launching of Oplan Clean Riders​-​Alpha on March this year, Corpus said​,​ is part of our new strategy and will serve as ​an ​antidote against MRS activities.

“We all know that these MRS have already taken advantage of the high-speed mobility provided by motorcycles and have used these vehicles as instruments of crime and easy escape when pursued by policemen. It is high time that we put a stop to this notorious crime modus operandi where the suspects are armed and dangerous,” Corpus said in his opening statement.

Present during the TWG meeting were Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, regional director of Police Regional Office 4-A; Chief Supt. Greg Lim, Deputy Regional Director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Senior Supt. Noli Bathan, PRO4-A, Deputy Regional Director for Operations, Senior Supt. Joselito Imperial, chief of the Regional Public Safety Battalion 3 (RPSB3) and other top police officers from Metro Manila and Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog Region.

The final leg of the TWG against MRS will be held at NCRPO with PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde as guest.