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Dumaguete City, Philippines Friday, February 17, 2017
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Anti-muffler ordinance enforced in Dumaguete

The implementation of the anti-muffler ordinance of Dumaguete City is in full swing, Provincial Highway Patrol Team officer, Senior Insp. Robelito Mariano, said.

            In the past six days, the team impounded 83 motorcycles with modified and defective mufflers and for other violations, ranging from driving without license and unregistered units.

            Some were flagged down for having no side mirrors, tail lights or signal lights.

            Yesterday, 13 motorcycles were also impounded, or a total of 96 for seven days of operation, including one motorist who engaged members of the highway patrol team in a chase, and which resulted in the recovery of illegal drugs inside the utility box of his Fury Kawasaki 125cc motorcycle.

            The driver was identified later as Jake Ong of Ajong, Sibulan in Negros Oriental, who engaged SPO2 Aurelio Bodo of the HPT in a chase for several minutes around the city. Ong countered the one-way Perdices Street, until he hit another motorbike along Locsin Street, and then ran on foot.

            Aside from driving a motorcycle with fake papers, Bodo said the suspect could have something in his utility box for refusing to give the key, prompting the HPT to hire a locksmith.

            Witnessed by media and the suspect himself, two transparent plastic sachets believed to contain shabu were recovered from the utility box, including tin foil and two disposable lighters.

            The suspect vehemently denied that he owns the illegal drugs and accused the HPT personnel of planting the evidence against him.

            Also recovered were fake identification cards, such as a student ID of NORSU, fake driver’s license, and a fake ID as office staff of the Energy Development Corporation.

            Ong had earlier presented a fake OR/CR of his motorcycle, that has a plate number of a Yamaha Mio motorcycle and a motor vehicle number of a Honda Wave.

            Ong admitted in an interview that all are fake because his motorcycle had been impounded three to four times by the Land Transportation Office.*JG

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