In a public statement from the Senate of the Philippines yesterday, Senator Richard ‘Dick’ Gordon, one of the key creators of the Republic Act 11235, also called the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, has met with the key authorities of the Land Transportation Office or LTO with the goal to “guarantee that the actualizing standards and regulations will mirror the soul of the law [RA 11235]”.
LTO chief assistant secretary Edgar Galvante met a week ago with Senator Dick Gordon, right after the senator kept in touch with the LTO officer with a proposal to “offer his experience”. This proposal is about the 1985 color coding system for public transport implemented in Olongapo City during the reign of Senator Gordon as the city mayor. Senator Dick Gordon stated that “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.” He also added “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”
Senator Gordon called attention to that when the color-coded number system was being implemented in his formerly governed city, pointing out that the crime rate in boarding a jeepney in particular with motorcycles greatly diminished. It also helped the authority to locate drivers of both jeepneys and motorcycles that is associated with a crime or accident. Wherein he wanted also to accomplish in making a new 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 Gordon stated.
Over the past decade, motorcycles became a common vehicle used by infamous hired killers known us riding in tandem noted by the chairman of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights. The Philippine National Police is able to come out with an estimated rate of 4 people being killed in a day wherein riding in tandem are involved. “It is high time that we stop this and prevent criminals from killing with impunity using these motorcycles,” he said, before saying that only less than 1% out of 4000 motorcycle related crimes are solved in 2016.