Roxas: Not all motorbike riders are criminals

Posted at 01/17/2014 2:17 AM | Updated as of 01/17/2014 2:17 AM

Roxas alarmed by crimes involving motorbike users

MANILA -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas on Thursday said brazen crimes perpetrated by men on motorbikes in Metro Manila have become "alarming."

Roxas, in a press conference at Camp Crame Thursday, said there is a need to intensify the intelligence efforts of the Philippine National Police to put a stop to the rising number of crimes by motorbike users.

Along with this is the vigilance of citizens and local government units in trying to curb crime in their areas of jurisdiction, he said.

According to Roxas, regional police director Carmelo Valmoria has an action plan that includes tactical motorcycle riding units, intensified 24/7 checkpoint operations, and widened CCTV coverage in crime-prone areas.

Roxas said "riding in tandem" cannot be regulated, and not all people using motorcycles can be considered as crime suspects.

Instead, Roxas said police should focus on the excessive violence used by the suspects during their operations, and how their crimes should be solved, particularly when murder is involved.

He assured that there will be justice for the victims of these crimes.

"We will investigate, and we will dig deep to solve a crime. We welcome all complaints, which should be complete and detailed," he said.

"We want to help, we want to probe, we want to get to the bottom of these reported crimes. We hope the people can help the PNP and the DILG by giving pertinent information to guide them in their investigations," Roxas added.