Senator begins discussions on IRR for the law he principally penned

In a press release from the Senate of the Philippines yesterday, Senator Richard 'Dick' Gordon, one of the principal authors of the Republic Act 11235, otherwise known as the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, has met with the key officials of the Land Transportation Office or LTO to “ensure that the implementing rules and regulation[s] will reflect the spirit of the law [RA 11235]”.

Senator Gordon and LTO Chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galvante met last week after the senator wrote to the LTO to “offer his experience” from a 1985 public transport color-coded system that they (Gordon) implemented while he was the mayor of Olongapo City. “As the principal author and sponsor of RA 11235, otherwise known as the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, let me lend my experience, particularly on the color-coded number system, in drafting the IRR to make sure that it reflects the spirit of the law.” said Senator Gordon. He further added that “Olongapo City has been implementing a public transport color-coded number system since 1985 when I was Mayor of the City, I would like to lend you the experience of Olongapo"

Gordon pointed out that when the color-coded number system was implemented in Olongapo City, crimes on board jeepneys particularly motorcycles dramatically decreased and having a central file helped passengers locate the drivers of the tricycles and jeepneys involved in a crime or accident and this is also what he envisioned in crafting the newly-enacted law. "Nung inimplement ang color-coding scheme sa Olongapo, it dramatically improved the general order of the city. Ngayon, dito sa batas na ito, naniniwala ako na mababawasan ng husto, kung hindi man matigil, ang mga krimeng ginagawa ng mga masasamang loob na gumagamit ng motorsiklo to get away with the crimes they committed," Senator Grodon said.

The chairman of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights noted that over the last decade, motorcycles have become "crime machines," used for killing ordinary people, media personnel, lawyers, justices, judges, politicians and even policemen, with the Philippine National Police recording an average of four people killed by riding-in-tandem shooters each day. "It is high time that we stop this and prevent criminals from killing with impunity using these motorcycles," he stressed, adding that out of over 4,000 motorcycle riding crimes or incidents in 2016, only eight cases (0.18%) were solved.