DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES - GORDON
Senator Richard J. Gordon stressed that Republic Act 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2019 will give justice to the victims of riding-in-tandem shooters who could no longer seek justice themselves because "dead men tell no tales."
Gordon, principal author and sponsor of the law, said he will explain this to President Rodrigo Duterte, who has expressed intentions to meet with him to discuss suspending the implementation of RA 11235.
"Ipinagtatanggol ko lang ang mga taong pinapatay ng mga riding-in-tandem assassins. They can no longer seek justice for themselves. How do we do justice to this people? You limit the way people can get away with riding without motor plates and riding with stolen motorcycles," he said,
Gordon has earlier assured that, with everybody complaining about extra-judicial killings (EJK), through RA 11235 he is doing something to prevent riding-in-tandem killings, which had been a plague in the country for the past 15 years and one of the biggest contributors to EJK.
The chairman of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights noted that for the last so many decades, 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.
PNP records showed that of the total of 28,409 motorcycle riding crimes or incidents reported from 2010 to 2017, 13,062 or 46% of which were shooting incidents. And out of over 4,000 motorcycle riding crimes or incidents in 2016, only eight cases (0.18%) were solved.