By Mario Casayuran
Senator Richard J. Gordon pressed on Thursday for the immediate implementation of Republic Act No. 11235, the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Law, following the killing of former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) legal service chief Atty. Fredric Anthony Santos.
Santos was shot dead Wednesday afternoon in Barangay Poblacion, Muntinlupa City by unidentified men who were riding-in-tandem.
Gordon, the principal author of the law, once again called on the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to come up with its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) so that the law, that aims to secure the public from crimes committed using motorcycles, can be implemented right away.
“Riding-in-tandem na naman ito! Nasaan ‘yung plaka? Bakit hindi pa nilalabas ‘yung plaka? There is a series of riding-in-tandem at ang daming pinapatay. This is not a small case. I hope we will not treat this as another statistic na dapat ay okay lang ‘yan. This is a serious thrust against the heart of justice in this country,” he told Senate reporters.
With R.A. 11235, using bigger, readable and color-coded plates will be enforced so that the number plates of motorcycles used in crimes can be easily identified and the use of stolen license plates can be prevented.
According to the news monitoring of Gordon’s office, there were 55 riding-in-tandem cases in the country from January 1 to February 19 of this year alone.