PNP mulling daytime checkpoints in Metro Manila

January 31, 2013 12:18 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 31 — After recent high-profile crimes in Metro Manila, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima said on Thursday they are planning to conduct daytime checkpoints to intercept criminal gangs.

Purisima said he plans to discuss the mechanics of the daytime checkpoints with Metro Manila police chief Director Leonardo Espina. The PNP is currently implementing the Commission on Elections (Comelec) checkpoints normally set up at night.

Purisima said there are many issues to consider, including the possibility the daytime checkpoints could slow down morning rush-hour traffic, especially in major thoroughfares.

He said the PNP will have to find a way to operate the daytime checkpoints with minimum effect on traffic.

Police have been looking for solutions to criminality following a series of high-profile crimes the past weeks.

These include the armed robbery of a jewelry store at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City; fatal shooting of a businessman in San Juan City; robbery at a money transfer outlet in Parañaque City; and break-in at a pawnshop in Valenzuela City. (PNA)

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