Police Checkpoint

philippines-checkpoint-003.jpgPolice Checkpoint in Cebu

If you drive in the Philippines, it is inevitable that you will get stopped for inspection at one of the numerous roadblocks set up on the highways.

This stop is on the National Highway on Cebu island.

philippines-checkpoint-002.jpgThe police checkpoints are usually set up to prevent car napping. They check for drivers licenses and vehicle registration.

In some areas of the Philippines there are military checkpoints. They keep the NPA (New People’s Army) and the MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) in check.

There are also Comlec (Comission on Election) checkpoints, Agricultural checkpoints, Marine fisheries and Logging checkpoints.

Tanod and local Barangay checkpoints are common too.

In the far south of Mindanao there are even ARMM – Autonomous Region of Muslin Mindanao checkpoints.

City checkpoints check for helmets and license tags. Most have a “No Plate – No Travel” policy.

philippines-checkpoint-001.jpgThese guys were a happy lot just doing their job but were not really interested in hassling anyone.

Technically they can take your vehicle if you are not in compliance but you would have to catch them on a bad day to experience that.

philippines-checkpoint-004.jpgThey didn’t find anything wrong so they tried a different approach and tried to sell us a coconut instead.

Police Checkpoint

Dec 8, 2008 www.dutchpickle.com

8 responses to “Police Checkpoint”

  1. Wahaha! the buko part is funny :)

  2. yes have encounted these guys on some trips. Never experienced a problem, we have always all papers in order and photo copies as well. Generaly once they know all is in order they are extremely friendly especially if one starts to talk about karon, that really sets them off.

    Recently there were a bunch of them down from Cebu operating on Siquijor, this was different, they confiscated many bikes for the slightest reason. One resort owner I spoke to said they had rented out 2 bikes and these were taken. Reason was the bikes were registered in he name of the resorts owner not the resort. Cost was over 40K to get them back.

    Luckly we were in order so no problems, one must always have all papers with them including license….

    cheers dp

  3. I was reading on another post that papers usually took 6-12 months to get. How does this therefore work with torists obtaining a bike for a month or so on travels?

  4. There check points all over Angeles, routine stuff and generally friendly if all papers are in order. However there was the situation when i was waiting ( almost 8 months) for my plates from motortrade then got my bike impounded ( and drivers license) for no plates and registration. Of course I had paid for this with the purchase of the motor. So Motortrade or the LTO cuased the problem, but no one cared and it cost me a large sum for all things to be set straight. Secondly, whenever there is a checkpoint there are usaully 50 to 100 motors backed up on the side of the road cuase they dont want to cross the checkpoint. I suspect that a thief would simply stop and turn around once they see the checkpoint. kind of pointless>>. Thirdly, my asawa just got this bike Car napped or Motor napped right off the street in broad daylight. Gun in her face and 8 year old on the back. So a check point would have been very welcome for us at this time. unfortunetly no such luck. So… does it actually do anything to help… I think rarely

  5. For Jon , I would suggest you get an international drivers license from your home country. Usually easy to get and not expensive.

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