BACOLOD City – Policemen here are asking members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) if they could temporarily suspend the “no helmet, no travel” policy.
Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico, public information officer of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), said their call for the suspension of City Ordinance No. 466, or the Motorcycle Safety Helmet Ordinance was prompted by a series of crimes perpetrated by motorcycle-riding suspects.
“Alarming incidents involving these motorcycle-riding suspects prompted us to make an appeal to the council. Puedi na ini mangin basihan nga ma-suspend anay ang wearing of helmets,” said Pico.
He added that BCPO is also mulling to setup more closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras around the city to help deter criminalities.
On Aug. 18, Crystal Faith Jastiva, who had just visited her partner in jail, was gunned down by two unidentified men riding on a motorcycle outside the Metro Bacolod District Jail – male dormitory along Magsaysay Avenue in Barangay Singcang-Airport.
Police Major Charles Gever, Police Station 8 commander, said the CCTV footages they had obtained were not clear and the shots were too far to identify the suspects, who were wearing face masks and helmets.
On his part, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, said the request should be studied carefully.
According to Familiaran, the wearing of motorcycle helmets as mandated by Republic Act No. 10054, or the “Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009” is under consideration by the House Committee on Transportation.
“So, for me only Congress can suspend its implementation,” Familiaran explained./PN