'Riding in tandem' crimes drop by half, police say

Posted at 07/03/14 9:25 PM

MANILA -- The number of crimes involving suspects in motorcycles dropped by 50 percent in Metro Manila in June, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Thursday.

PNP-National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Carmelo Valmoria said the number of crimes decreased compared to the same period last year.

He attributed this to police visibility and campaigns such as "Oplan Lambat" and "Oplan Galugad," wherein more than 200 unregistered motorcycles were confiscated.

PNP Deputy Director for Operations Leonardo Espina added that the PNP Desk on Wheels was also a factor.

Under the program, policemen were assigned to crowded areas, such as shopping malls and commercial areas, to readily respond to complaints and reports from the public. -- report from Doland Castro, ABS-CBN News