MANILA -- Police on Tuesday said cases involving criminals on motorbikes -- dubbed "riding-in-tandem" -- reached more than 3,000 in 2013.
It was revealed during a Philippine National Police (PNP) meeting held Monday that motorcycle-riding suspects have different modus operandi.
Police Chief Supt. Ricardo Marquez, deputy director of the PNP-Directorate for Operations, said if motorcycle-riding criminals in Metro Manila are involved mostly in robbery, they are involved in shootings in Region 1, he added.
However, the PNP said crimes involving suspects in motorcycles only make up a small percentage of crime in the metro.
The strategies the PNP finds effective against criminals on motorcycles include the registration of individuals who own motorcycles in the barangays, which is now being implemented in Quezon City; the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in strategic areas, such as in Davao City; and stickers on motorcycles, like in Ilocos Norte.
Marquez said the PNP is taking the strategies under consideration, and said sanctions must be imposed on police commanders who fail to curb crimes perpetrated by motorcycle-riding suspects. -- Report from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM