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NCRPO chief: 68 shooting incidents remain unsolved

The National Capital Region Police (NCRPO) has recorded 68 shooting incidents involving motorcycle riding-in-tandem suspects which remain unsolved since the police force returned on the war against illegal drugs, NCRPO chief Director Oscar Albayalde said Tuesday.

From December 5 last year to March 13, a total of 77 shooting incidents were recorded by the NCRPO. Only nine of these incidents have been solved in which a case was filed against identified suspects, Albayalde said.

Albayalde said Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa has ordered them to focus on solving riding-in-tandem cases.

"We are trying on the solution itong mga cases na 'to, ito yung instruction ni chief. Actually, he [has] given instruction to give focus on the solution of these cases," Albayalde said.

The 77 unresolved shooting incidents could not be considered as alarming as Albayalde said that they are not remiss on their duties.

"As much as possible, sabi nga ni chief, kung hindi man lang ma-zero, ma-minimize talaga yung mga ganyang incidents, yung mga riding-in-tandem incidents, yung motorcycle riding suspects, ito yung direktiba ng ating chief PNP," he said.

"Although inaamin natin hindi talaga natin kaya ma-zero 'yan, remember we still have problems on loose firearms not only here in Metro Manila, the whole country 'yan," he added.

In October last year, Dela Rosa ordered his men to focus on running after motorcycle-riding hitmen.

On December 5 last year, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the PNP to resume its anti-illegal drugs operations but with Philippine Drug Enforcement remaining as the lead agency. — RSJ, GMA News