Do you remember the good old times when members of our police force were mounted on BMW patrol bikes?
It was in the early ’60s when they had a taste of riding premium motorcycles like the burly BMW R50 while escorting heads of state that were visiting the country. You might have also heard your grandfathers’ stories about how the police officers back in the day looked very respectable and dignified riding these iron horses.
But this so-called golden era didn’t last long—the decades that followed saw the Philippine economy on a roller-coaster ride, forcing our police organization to implement belt-tightening measures. But recently, a good Samaritan decided to bring back the good old days.
On Friday, December 28, the Philippine National Police–Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) will again have a chance to patrol the streets of Metro Manila on BMW bikes through the generosity of Ramon S. Ang, owner of local BMW distributor SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation or SMACDC.
But hold your horses! The motorcycles to be donated by RSA’s San Miguel Foundation are not as flashy as the R50s of old. This time, the PNP-HPG will have to be content with a fleet of brand-new BMW G310R units. The G310R is a nimble and sporty-looking roadster produced jointly by BMW and Indian motorcycle company TVS. Each unit costs P300,000.
The turnover ceremony, to be held at the Transformation Oval in Camp Crame, will be led by Spencer Yu, president of SMCADC; Kin Lichauco, vice president for corporate affairs of San Miguel Foundation; and Ana Neri and Cheska Garcia, marketing division head and marketing associate of Petron Corporation, respectively.
Among those who will witness the event are officials of the BMW Owners Society of Safe Riders (BOSS), led by Lito Flores, and members of the HPG Advisory Council who were instrumental in the implementation of the project. PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde and PNP-HPG director Chief Superintendent Robert Fajardo will receive the units, which now have official PNP markings with sirens and blinkers that conform with BMW safety and quality standards.
Because the G310R is lightweight and compact, sources say the PNP leadership will likely deploy the new units on EDSA to help ease the daily traffic in the area. Of course, these awesome motorbikes will also be useful in the HPG’s anti-crime operations.
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