In recent years, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has deputized several volunteer organizations to help curb criminality and assist government response teams during emergency situations.
Among the tasks of these so-called ‘force multipliers’ is to provide the authorities information on crime incidents and other matters related to maintaining peace and order in their respective communities. Sometimes, these volunteers also participate in civic-oriented missions like helping the PNP with its environmental restoration programs.
The Highway Patrol Group (HPG) is among the PNP units that have force multipliers under its wings. But apparently, some of its accredited motorcycle groups went overboard by using official police insignias on club shirts, stickers, and IDs to sneak through quarantine checkpoints, ignore traffic laws, and even harass traffic enforcers and motorists.
By bearing the PNP-HPG insignia, the erring riders also assume that they have the right to use blinkers and sirens on their motorbikes. The PNP-HPG will not turn a blind eye to these abusive acts.
Last August 10, the unit issued a directive to remind the force multipliers against using its official logo, insignia, and official uniform without proper authorization, while emphasizing that the said items are only for organic personnel.
The PNP-HPG also brought up Presidential Decree 96, which is against the unlawful use of blinkers and sirens, commonly known as ‘wang-wang.’ Here is HPG’s latest memorandum (verified by the PNP Public Information Office):
Guys, do think change is coming with this new directive from the PNP-HPG?
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