MANILA, Philippines – Riding-in-tandem criminals should be shaking in their boots now, especially after the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced they will be their next target after exiting the government’s war on drugs.
President Rodrigo Duterte has recently ordered the PNP, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and other agencies to leave the implementation of the drug war to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
On Thursday, PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato”” Dela Rosa gave the marching orders to his policemen to go after street crimes, particularly the notorious “riding-in-tandem” suspects responsible for numerous assassinations over the past years.
“‘Yung mga riding-in-tandem, bantam kayo ngayon. Uupakan namin kayo. Sige bumaril kayo nang bumaril diyan. I will ask my policemen na tutukan niyo yung riding-in-tandem na ‘yan,” said Dela Rosa.
[The riding-in-tandem, beware now. We will run after you. Go ahead, keep on shooting and killing. I will ask my policemen to focus on these riding-in-tandems.]
In a separate statement, PNP Directorate for Operations Police Director Camilo Cascolan acknowledged street crimes, particularly the so-called “riding-in-tandem”, has tainted the PNP reputation over the years.
“One of the major street crimes now destroying the reputation and credibility of the PNP is the non-stop occurrence of riding-in-tandem and motorcycle-riding suspects on shooting incidents,” said Cascolan.
Early this week, President Duterte signed the memorandum designating PDEA as the “sole agency” in charge of the war on drugs following his recent drop in net satisfaction and trust ratings, which many have attributed to the government’s bloody anti-illegal drugs campaign.