Don’t focus on one riding-in-tandem killing, says Dela Rosa

Rambo Talabong
Don’t focus on one riding-in-tandem killing, says Dela Rosa

Alecs Ongcal

In the wake of the death of a 14-year-old boy due to suspected riding-in-tandem assailants, the PNP chief urges the public to look at the 'bigger picture'

MANILA, Philippines – The death of 14-year-old Mike Lorenz Salonga, who was shot dead by unidentified suspects on Friday, November 3, is just one of many cases of riding-in-tandem shootings, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said.

Maraming namamaril, maraming namamatay, but ito ngayon, nagco-conduct tayo ng operations against riding-in-tandem. Marami tayong napatay, maraming nahuli. And ito may nangyari pa ring isa. Isa lang ‘yan,” Dela Rosa said on Monday, November 6 during his regular conference with reporters at Camp Crame, Quezon City.

(There are many who shoot, there are many who are killed. Now, we’re conducting operations against riding-in-tandem shooters. We’ve killed and caught a lot. Then another incident happens. It’s just another case.)

Dela Rosa urged the public to look at the “bigger picture” of riding-in-tandem shootings, instead of focusing on one death such as Salonga’s. “Sana tingnan natin ang pangkalahatan,” Dela Rosa said. (I hope we see the entirety [of the problem].)

‘Pag marami ‘yan, hindi mo papansinin siguro kapag sabay-sabay, kapag may nangyari sa isang munisipyo, isang siyudad, sabay-sabay ‘yan. Pero iisa lang ang nangyari, napapansin mo,” Dela Rosa lamented.

(If numerous incidents take place simultaneously, I think people won’t notice. But if one incident happens, you’ll take notice.)

This follows the PNP waging a war against riding-in-tandem killers, or as they call it “motorcycle-riding suspects”, after President Rodrigo Duterte took the war on drugs out of their hands. (READ: PNP’s next target: ‘Riding-in-tandem’ shooters)

Dela Rosa nonetheless admitted that “one life [taken] is too many”, ordering cops to conduct an investigation into Salonga’s case. It is not clear, however, which unit he was directing. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.