The people of this motorcycle city of dumaguete would like to congratulate or commend the police highway patrol group headed by Insp. Robelito Mariano and his men, for busting what they claim as the biggest motorcycle carnapping syndicate in the city.
That notorious group had been consistently and successfully stealing the motorcycles of hapless city residents during the past many months. And finally the law caught up with them and the carnapping syndicate members are now in jail facing criminal charges. If convicted they could get the penalty of life imprisonment as provided for by the anti carnapping law, which law does not distinguish whether it is a car or a motorcycle that is stolen.
But let us not stop here. Let us try to use our imagination as to who could be financing this motorcycle thieves who cannibalize the stolen motorbikes and sell its parts as chop chop for cheaper price.
Remember, the poorer owners of motorbikes are the biggest market of these cheap but original parts sold in the black market. And hey, are motorcycle parts dealers not interested in buying these stolen items even if they have to watch out for the anti fencing law?
Surely there is a financier behind carnappers arrested. If you look at them they are not exactly rich capitalists and they could be the ploy of a third party. Maybe the highway patrol group can open their eyes and look deeper.
As a further deterrent, our city council, hopefully before they bow out on June 30, might be wise enough to pass an urgent and long overdue ordinance which would require motor-watchboys to maintain a simple city-formatted logbook that will note down the owner’s name + signature , plate number of the motorbike parked in their area.
Secondly, such ordinance should require a CLAIM-CARD NUMBER for the owner to show once he wants to pull out of the park area. This is like claiming your things in the supermarket. You present a claim card number. The watchers will be responsible for the loss in case the motorcycle is stolen.
This is sharing the responsibility plus the park fees they get from the owners.
Whichever committee this concern belongs, should pass this urgent ordinance so this could be a well-remembered council who thinks and feels for the people.