PNP CHIEF ORDERS ‘WANG-WANG’ CRACKDOWN FOR TIGHTER ELECTION PROTOCOL
MANILA — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde ordered the crackdown on motorists who persist on illegally using blinkers and sirens more commonly known as ‘wang-wang’.
Albayalde said he had already set out command for the Highway Patrol Group (HPG). The group is tasked to strictly enforce the provisions of Presidential Decree 96 that prohibits “use of siren, bell, horn, whistle, or other similar gadgets that produce exceptionally loud or startling sound, including dome lights, blinkers, and other similar signaling or flashing devices.”
The move came after reports of violations by convoys and motorcades of political parties and candidates for the 2019 mid-term elections.
“We are moving forcefully against the indiscriminate use of prohibited sirens, bells, horns, whistles, or similar gadgets that produce staggering sounds; as well as illegal domelights, signaling or flashing devices,” Albayalde said.
Under the law, these gadgets or devices mentioned may be attached to and used only on motor vehicles designated for official use by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Bureau of Investigation, Land Transportation Office, Police Departments, Fire Departments, and hospital ambulances.
Violation of PD 96 may penalized the driver or the driver-owner of a vehicle with cancellation or revocation of the certificate of registration of the motor vehicle involved.
At the same time, the PNP also reminded the candidates and parties to observe road safety protocol and courtesy when holding campaign motorcades and convoys along national highways and main thoroughfares to prevent accidents and unnecessary inconvenience to other motorists.
While HPG advised organizers of large convoys and motorcades to coordinate their activities with local government units and local PNP offices for appropriate assistance. (PNA)