By Aaron Recuenco
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded 152 cases involving motorcycle-riding criminals across the country in just a span of 19 days.
Deputy Director General Fernando Mendez, PNP deputy chief for Operations, said 79 slay cases and 73 robbery cases were included in the 152 cases they recorded from October 10 to October 29 this year.
“These 152 incidents were perpetrated by 172 suspects,” said Mendez.
Based on the PNP data, Metro Manila topped the region with most number of cases perpetrated by motorcycle riding-in-tandem with 28, followed by CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) and Central Luzon with 16 cases.
Of the 172 motorcycle riding-in-tandem suspects, Mendez said two of them were killed in a clas with responding policemen while 15 were arrested.
The PNP leadership earlier vowed to finish off riding-in-tandem criminals through aggressive police operations across the country.
Motorcycle riding-in-tandem criminals are not a syndicate but are more of a modus wherein criminals would use motorycles to carry out illegal activities due to accessibility of the bikes, especially in traffic zones.
Mendez said he has directed Regional Directors to continue their manhunt operations against 155 suspects who remain at-large.
Criminal cases are now pending in court against suspects in three shooting incidents and 12 robberies while 137 other cases are under investigation.
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