2 dead, 72 arrested as cops target 'riding-in-tandem' criminals

TWO people have been killed while 72 motorcycle-riding suspects have been arrested in the past month as the Philippine National Police (PNP) intensified its campaign against "riding-in-tandem" criminals.

Based on the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System (CIRAS), 394 crime incidents perpetrated by motorcycle-riding suspects were recorded from October 10 to November 12.

A total of 155 victims were killed while 220 others were unharmed.

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa said 52 of the crimes perpetrated by motorcycle-riding suspects were in Metro Manila while 45 were in Central Visayas (Region 7).

Central Luzon (Region 3) and Calabarzon (Region 4A) each recorded 44 cases.

Dela Rosa said robbery remains to be the motive of most of the recorded incidents.

Of the 394 recorded cases, 20 incidents have been "cleared," 49 considered solved and 325 incidents are under investigation.

Dela Rosa said he has ordered his men to continue manhunt operations against 455 suspects who remain at large.

The police have focused on their campaign against crimes after they were pulled out of the government's war on illegal drugs.

Dela Rosa said he has ordered all police units to bolster operations against at-large suspects through increased visibility, mobile patrol, checkpoint and intelligence-driven operations. (SunStar Philippines)

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