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LTO people called to resign over non-implementation of RA 11235

SENATOR Richard J. Gordon has demanded the resignation of officials and employees of the Land Transportation Office for the delay in the implementation of Republic Act 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act.

This is in the light of the number of killings by riding-in-tandem assassins totaling almost 9,000 from 2010 to 2020 and continuously increasing daily.

Gordon made the call during the first hearing of the motu proprio investigation that the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee called. The want to get to the bottom of the delay in implementing the law, which was aimed to prevent criminals from using motorcycles as get-away vehicles by imposing bigger, readable and color-coded number plates to facilitate tracing of motorcycles used in the commission of crimes.

“Enough is enough. We can no longer tolerate the situation where nothing is happening except people are being killed without the protection of the law. If they cannot do that, then I demand the resignation of all the people of LTO responsible. The people of this country will not take it,” the chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee said in his opening statement.

Records from the Philippine National Police showed that a total of 36,848 people had been victimized by riding-in-tandem criminals from 2010 to 2020, of which 8,805 were killings.

The Blue-Ribbon Committee chairman said that a dispute between two suppliers of number plates have caused the ballooning of the LTO’s backlog in the production of number plates. The problem is further exacerbated by the anomalous practice in the registration process and distribution of number plates that he also bared.