LAST Monday’s apprehension of 133 motorists, including 30 policemen, inside police headquarters has thrust out front the need to hit hard at all violators of traffic laws, rules and regulations.
Reports said the erring policemen, who were issued traffic citation tickets, included one major, one captain, 12 sergeants, four corporals, nine patrolmen and three non-uniformed personnel.
The Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) and the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) launched the crackdown on orders of the top leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The erring motorists were among 6,216 motor vehicle and motorcycle drivers flagged down by IMEG and HPG operatives, according to the PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa.
Brigadier General Eliseo DC Cruz and Colonel Ronald O. Lee head the PNP-HPG and PNP-IMEG, respectively.
The operations, which started at 6:30 a.m., were conducted inside Camp Crame, and the headquarters of the National Capital Region Police Office, Southern Police District, Police Regional Office 3, PRO4-A, PRO7, PRO9, PRO11, PRO12, PRO13 and PRO Bangsamoro Administrative Region.
Motor vehicles and motorcycles entering the headquarters of the Bulacan, Pampanga, Cavite and Cebu Police Provincial Offices and the Cebu City Police Station were likewise checked.
Lee said 55 motorists were driving vehicles with expired registration papers. Eight motorists were driving vehicles without license plates, while 22 others were without driver’s license.
General Gamboa, through concerned offices and units, is doing a great job in going after “rotten eggs,” including traffic violators, in the 195,000-member national police agency.
Doubtless, the top “Mamang Pulis” will be drawing the ire of the people, including the ordinary citizens, if he fails to rid the police agency of scalawags, misfits and other undesirables.