Police, Highway Patrol Team round up drag racing motorbikes

Police, Highway Patrol Team round up drag racing motorbikes

DUMAGUETE CITY, Oct. 17 (PNA) — The Highway Patrol Team in Negros Oriental, headed by Sr. Insp. Robelito Mariano and assisted by the Dumaguete City police, headed by Supt. Jovito Atanacio, rounded off more than a dozen of drag racers due to complaints from barangay residents for blocking the main road to their respective residences during the weekend and for conducting a drag race without proper permits.

Mariano said the organizers claimed they had the necessary permits for the event as part of the sports activities during the Buglasan Festival of the provincial government, but could not present the same when asked during a confrontation with them at the drag race site, which is behind the Negros Oriental State University Bajumpandan campus.

The 13 motorcycles were brought to the HPT office, including one being turned over by the Bacong police for proper documentation.

Initial investigation disclosed most if not all of the motorcycles have inconsistent entries; some of them have no engine and chassis number, no registration, and incomplete accessories, among others.

In earlier interviews, Mariano said major parts of stolen motorcycles often land in the black markets on orders of the drag racer enthusiasts.

Participants to the drag race come from Murcia, Kabankalan City, Bacolod City, Cebu, Bohol and different towns in Negros Oriental.

According to Mariano, the motorcycles can only be released if their respective owners can provide with the necessary documents, and that all accessories should be put in place, like tail lights, signal lights, head lights, mirrors, among others. It was noticed that most of them have defaced engine chassis.

Unconfirmed reports have it that politicians are calling the HPT office for the release the motorcycles and let the organizers answer for what had happened.

The issue was brought up during the barangay assembly of Bajumpandan on Sunday because it was never brought to the council for approval.

In fact, the peace and order committee was blind on the activity. It was learned from the village chief that the organizers came to the barangay hall to inform about the activity, and that it has the blessings of the governor and the mayor.

Supt. Atanacio has also confirmed that it was Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo who ordered the drag race stopped because of complaints and that he has not issued any permit for such activity.

It was learned late Monday that a resolution was approved by the city council for the conduct of such event but the mayor had no knowledge about it.

The HPT also said some of the owners have requested to take the carburetors of their units because they are very costly; one cost as much as Php 29,000, but the same was recorded in the logbook.

All of them were issued citation tickets only and can be claimed after paying the necessary penalties provided that all of the accessories are returned to the original position and after presenting the documents. (PNA)

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