Permanent checkpoints across the country will be replaced with "mobile checkpoints" after President Rodrigo Duterte said security checkpoints, particularly in Mindanao, were causing travel delays, the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said Tuesday.
Mobile checkpoints will be put up in areas where these are necessary, PNP chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa told ABS-CBN News in a text message.
"Fixed checkpoints have become irrelevant because criminals have been evading them," Dela Rosa said.
Checkpoints should be set up only if there was “probability or A1” information that police or military targets would pass through a certain road, Duterte said in a televised speech last week.
“Pag walang purpose, pangpagulo ng buhay ng Pilipino yan [If there’s no purpose, that will only inconvenience Filipinos],” Duterte said.
Duterte placed the country under a state of emergency in September, after a bomb blast in Davao City left 14 people killed and scores wounded. This allowed soldiers to join police patrols.
--- with reports from Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News.