PNP: 4 riding-in-tandem kills a day already ‘low’ number

Rambo Talabong
PNP: 4 riding-in-tandem kills a day already ‘low’ number
Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says riding-in-tandem killings have 'gone down drastically' since October 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday, June 4, downplayed the number of people getting killed by riding-in-tandem shooters a day.

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said the number is already so much lower compared to when they started their apparent “war” against riding-in-tandem shooters.

“The MRS [motorcycle-riding-suspects] that we are saying has gone down drastically since the time, October 5 last year, when we started, when we were removed from the war on drugs,” Albayalde said in a Camp Crame press conference.

“We saw that the incidents really went down,” Albayalde added.

According to records obtained by Rappler, the PNP counted on average 4 killings a day from MRS ever since they started counting such incidents in October 2017.

From October 2017 to May 2018, the PNP recorded a total of 880 killings perpetrated by MRS shooters. They have yet to release, however, the monthly breakdown of such crimes to show a trend.

Just last May, the PNP recorded suspected election-related 35 killings mostly executed by riding-in-tandem shooters. –

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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.