QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will issue on Wednesday (August 1) the “clean rider sticker” in a campaign to curb riding-in-tandem criminals.
According to PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde, the stickers will be available to motorists who will voluntarily register their motorbikes to the PNP.
“This is voluntary in nature. Kung ayaw naman natin palagyan ng sticker ang ating motor, okay lang. Mas maganda lang kasi kung mayroon. At least, makita na ng pulis na na-inspect na. Once upon a time, ang motor na iyon ay legally acquired,” Albayalde explained.
The PNP Chief added that motorcycle bearing the sticker would be allowed an easy pass in checkpoints. The sticker will also spare the rider from being suspected of crimes in their area.
Albayalde emphasized that the stickers are free of charge. He asked the public to report to authorities anyone, especially policemen, who will charge any amount for the said stickers.
“We’d like to tell the public here na wala pong bayad ito. Kami mismo ang nagpagawa nito. We have done this before sa Region 3 so we will do it in a national level,” he explained.
To avail of the sticker, the motorcycle owner needs to go to the nearest police station and present the vehicle’s OR-CR. In case the vehicle is registered under a different name, present the deed of sale, driver’s license and two government IDs.
The PNP assures that all applicants for the stickers will be subjected under careful background investigation.
The stickers have security features to prevent counterfeiting. Checkpoint enforcers will use a special mobile app that will allow them to see the name of the owner and the OR-CR number of the vehicle once the mobile app traces the sticker.
“This is one way of checking on the motorcycles that are allegedly being used in different criminal activities lalong lalo na iyong tinatawag natin motorcycle riding suspects. This is one way of prevention,” Albayalde said. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo