By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Saturday appealed to the public, especially motorists, to behave and follow traffic rules when traversing major roads to ensure safety.
Eleazar made the appeal following a nasty incident in Zamboanga City wherein three motorcycle riders allegedly engaged in a dangerous drag race while traversing the main road on September 4.
According to the PNP chief, the riders have been identified and sanctioned but at the same time, he reminded the public that this incident should serve as a lesson to drive safely and use roads properly.
“Nang dahil sa tulong na ipinaabot ng ating mga kababayan sa pamamagitan ng pagsumbong sa kanilang PNP, natukoy na at naparusahan ang tatlong kamote riders sa Zamboanga City na naglagay sa alanganin ng buhay at kaligtasan ng ating mga kababayan sa kanilang lugar,” PGen Eleazar said.
“Magsilbing aral sana ito sa ating mga motorista na ginawa ang ating mga lansangan para sa mabilis at maginhawang transportasyon ng ating mga kababayan at hindi lugar para sa anumang klase ng palabas at kayabangan,” he added.
Reports reaching PGen Eleazar’s office said the licenses of riders, identified as Anton Jan Refran Loon, Harson Dale Feliciano Natividad, and Juniesher Ismun Bonifacio, have been confiscated over their alleged violation of Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.
The riders are also facing a three-month suspension as they are prohibited to drive any kind of vehicle. They were also issued a Temporary Operator’s Permit (TOP).
Authorities will still determine if their licenses would be revoked or not.
Meanwhile, PGen Eleazar urged the public to report to law enforcers those riders and drivers who pose risk to the public’s safety when on roads. He mentioned the police officers in Zambales who have been penalized after performing motorcycle stunts.
“I also hope that this, along with the incident in Zambales involving our two personnel who were also sanctioned, would further encourage our kababayan to report to the police activities that endanger the lives of our people on the road. Nasa kamay ninyo ang inyong kaligtasan sa pamamagitan ng pagsumbong sa amin ng mga ganitong uri ng gawain at tinitiyak namin ang agarang aksyon sa inyong mga reklamo,” he said.
The PNP maintains an E-Sumbong platform where the public can lodge their complaints. (ai/mtvn)