Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar will be bowing out of the service on November 13, 2021, as he reaches the mandatory age of retirement of 56.
His tour of duty as the head of the national police body may be limited to six months, and yet Eleazar will be leaving an indelible mark in the riding community for swiftly acting on two incidents of reckless riding that involved three civilians and two policemen in the past few of months.
The Zambales-based riders and uniformed personnel were penalized for illegal street racing and showboating with their government-issued motorbikes, respectively. Both incidents were caught on video, which helped authorities to identify these reckless riders and track them down to file the appropriate charges.
The PNP chief called on the street racers to voluntarily submit themselves to an investigation by the Land Transportation Office (LTO), which led to the revocation of their driver’s license. The two Highway Patrol Group (HPG) riders, for their part, got suspended.
A motorcycle rider himself, Eleazar is looking forward to more relaxing rides after he hangs up his police uniform for the last time in less than a month. But before his retirement, he was gracious enough to chat with motovloggers Naj Abdul and Inaki Jose, along with this writer about his campaign on road safety and discipline.
“We all know that having a driver’s license is not a right but a privilege,” said Eleazar, emphasizing that the PNP will not hesitate to apprehend anyone who violates the laws, particularly traffic rules.
“Importante na hindi tayo makadisgrasya at madisgrasya. Kaya nananawagan po ako sa lahat ng riders na dapat maging maingat at huwag gamitin ang kalsada para sa mga karera. May lugar para diyan,” he pointed out.
It didn’t take long before the discussion focused on Marilaque Road, which has become synonymous with street racing and related accidents. This is also the main subject of Abdul’s advocacy for more than a year now.
After Abdul showed Eleazar some clips, the latter assured that he will find ways to improve the enforcement of traffic laws, particularly on speed limits, for riders who frequent the area.
The PNP chief knows the importance of wearing proper riding gear, which is why he was grateful when Charlie Ong of Infiniteserve, local distributor of KYT helmets, gave him a gifted. Ong also guaranteed Eleazar that police personnel will be receiving similar headgear soon to protect them from crash injuries.
After the quick huddle with the PNP chief, we chanced upon Lt. Gen. Dionard Carlos, chief of PNP directorial staff. During his brief stint as PNP-HPG director, Carlos had his eyes trained on Marilaque: “We had plans of putting up a permanent HPG checkpoint at the Sampaloc area. Sana matuloy pa yan soon.”
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