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

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. –

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.