Palace: Increase police visibility to curb crimes

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 16 2014 04:33 PM | Updated as of Jan 17 2014 12:33 AM

MANILA - Malacañang on Thursday said the Philippine National Police continues to take steps to increase police visibility amid reports of recent crime incidents in Metro Manila especially in Quezon City.

"Patuloy po ang pagsisikap ng Philippine National Police na palakasin ang puwersa nito para mas maging epektibo sa paglaban at pagsupil sa krimen," Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said.

He cited the plan to redeploy police personnel doing administrative work and let them do patrol work in the streets and perform law enforcement functions instead.

The National Capital Region Police Office earlier said it will implement round-the-clock police checkpoints in Metro Manila. The move is meant to address the increasing number of riding-in-tandem criminals.

Aside from the 24/7 checkpoints, NCRPO Director Carmelo Valmoria is studying the possibility of marking motorcycle helmets with the plate numbers of the motorbike.

Another measure being considered is to prohibit people from "riding in tandem" on motorcycles.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said he is open to the idea of passing an ordinance against this but said the city government needs to study the legal issues surrounding the proposal.

Based on PNP's estimates, some 1,700 crimes in 2011 involved riding-in-tandem suspects. That figure has rised in the last two years.