MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) wants more powers so it can run after riding-in-tandem criminals who use motorcycles without plates.
Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, public information chief of the Philippine National Police, said there is a need for the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to deputize members of the PNP, for them to be able to implement Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.
Sindac said the present challenge the PNP, Highway Patrol Group and traffic enforcement units are currently facing involves crimes using vehicles with no plate numbers. The most recent crimes which have plagued the city involved motorcycles without plates, he said.
"There are many ways of committing crime. Using motorcycles is just one of them," he said. "If the PNP is deputized, then they can also catch violators of traffic laws," Sindac said.
One of the ways to deter crimes using motorcycles and other vehicles is to deputize the PNP, Sindac said, to finally get rid of one of the problem areas of the police, which is riding in tandem criminals.