Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to acquire new motorcycles to strengthen the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s capability to prevent and respond to street crimes, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año promised to employ a new strategy in running after criminals.

“Gagawa kami ng strategy. It would be a combination of uniformed and non-uniformed policemen just for that purpose. Lilinisin natin yung mga kalsada na yan ng masasamang loob,” said Año.

Año added that Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan was already instructed to submit the needed requirements on the acquisition of new motorcycles.

Lauding Duterte’s intention to provide new motorcycles for the law enforcers to address street crimes effectively, the DILG secretary added: “Palagi naman kaming merong provisions sa pagbili ng mga patrol cars at mga motorcycles but with this instruction of the President natutuwa kami kasi mukhang magbibigay siya ng additional budget para sa immediate procurement ng motorsiklo.”

“So mas maganda yan kaysa aantayin mo yung regular na budget pero mas maganda kung magkakaroon ng special fund at magkaroon kami ng immediate procurement,” he added.

Año warned that he will not spare “some” police personnel, promising to jail police officers who continue to engage in criminal activities as part of the ongoing PNP’s internal cleansing program.

The PNP will also continue to go after the so-called “ninja cops,” police officers who are engaged in recycling confiscated illegal drugs.

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