The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed that the two motorcycle riders who were caught on video apparently doing stunts on the national highway in Zambales were cops.
In a report on GMA News “24 Oras” on Thursday, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar himself called the two policemen “kamote riders” and “clown riders.”
The two policemen were identified as Police Chief Master Sergeant Israel Bondoc and Police Master Sergeant Manuel Tolentino, assigned to Police Regional Office 3.
“Kaagad namang nakilala ang dalawang ito at nakumpirma namin na sila nga ay mga pulis,” said Eleazar.
He instructed the Regional Director and Highway Patrol Group to investigate the incident as part of disciplinary action against personnel.
In the viral social media post, the two police riders can be seen still pulling over the oncoming vehicles while performing “stunts” as they operate the motorcycle.
According to netizens, the two policemen clearly violated road safety laws.
Eleazar said that what his men did was dangerous and could hurt other people when there was an accident.
“Let this serve as a warning that we will not tolerate this kind of misbehavior because as police officers, we should serve as the role models in abiding the laws that include traffic rules and regulations,” the PNP chief said.
Train hits car in Manila
A passing Philippine National Railways (PNR) train in Sampaloc, Manila, hit a vehicle around 7:50 Thursday night.
According to Barangay 474 Chairman Carlo Diokno, the accident happened in the Piy Margal corner Algeciras.
“Noong pumapatrol kami may narinig kami na bangga na nagmula sa riles. Malakas ang tunog, rumisponde agad kami. Pagkakita namin sasakyan. Nakaladlad iyong sasakyan, noong nagda-drive,” said Diokno.
The driver of the car was a senior citizen female doctor from duty at the Chinese General Hospital.
“Hindi raw niya napansin dahil madilim. Wala pong barrier, tao lang po ang nagpapa-stop. Hindi po napansin ng driver,” Diokno added.
The said doctor refused to be interviewed, but the barangay resident said that her condition was fine and not sent to the hospital.