By Aaron Recuenco
Motorcycle-riding in tandem killed a total of 125 people in less than a month, with the Philippine National Police (PNP) also saying robbery is the primary motive.
Based on the PNP data from the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), the 125 people slain by motorcycle-riding in tandem are among the 363 victims recorded from October 10 to November 5.
The rest of the victims are unharmed.
“The data also revealed of the total number of incidents, 15 incidents are already cleared by the authority, 45 incidents are considered as solved, and 267 incidents are underway for further investigations,” said director Augusto Marquez, Jr., DIDM chief.
It was recalled that the PNP started collating data about what it calls as attacks of Motorcycle-Riding Suspects (MRS) on October 10 when it was taken out of the war on drugs.
Marquez said 64 motorcycle-riding suspects were arrested by the authorities while 380 suspects are now being pursued by police tracker teams.
The official was also quick to clarify that of the total number of incidents, only 10 are drug-related.
Motorcycle riding-in-tandem is not a group for criminals but refers to the modus of using motorcycles as a quick way to carry out an attack and get out of the crime scene.
“These are incidents wherein motorcycles or scooters are used in the commission of a crime or to ensure a quick escape of the scene of the crime after its commission, as victims died, injured, or unharmed as a result thereof,” said Marquez.
The report divulged the prevalence of MRS-related incidents in Metro Manila with 49 cases, CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) with 37 cases, and in Central Luzon and Central Mindanao with 12 with 34 and 32 cases, respectively.
The PNP leadership earlier vowed to finish off motorcycle riding-in-tandem suspects.