MANILA, Philippines - Senator Pia Cayetano urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday to go after armed robbers who victimize bicycle riders.
Cayetano, in a press statement, said greater police visibility prevent so-called “bike-jackers” from preying on cyclists in road routes and off-road trails in Las Pinas, Paranaque and Muntinlupa, and in neighboring areas in Cavite, Laguna, and Batangas.
“Over the past week, I have received various accounts regarding the recent theft and robbery incidents victimizing bikers,” she said.
“Upon learning of these incidents, my office coordinated with the PNP in the locations frequented by the bikers in the south. We have asked that they stay on alert and respond to any calls from the bikers.”
Among the cases reported to Cayetano’s office is an incident wherein 7 mountain bikes were forcibly taken by armed men from a group of about 20 riders along the Paliparan-Tubohan trails off Daang Hari Highway on January 15.
Earlier that same week, a lone biker was beaten up and stabbed in the thigh with an icepick by unidentified robbers, who then took his bike and helmet.
The “bike-jackers” escaped using an old L300 van with no plate number. The incident reportedly took place along El Grande Ave. in BF Homes, Paranaque on January 11.
In various e-mail groups, several bikers aired concern for their security and alerted their peers to take extra precautions on the road.
Some also suspect that the perpetrators could be selling the stolen bikes as “chop-chop” parts in the same way that carjackers are known to chop-up and sell portions of stolen vehicles as second-hand or surplus auto parts.