PNP hails Mandaluyong ordinance vs riding-in-tandem

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


THE Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) expressed support to a Mandaluyong City ordinance seeking to deter the increasing cases of crimes perpetrated by motorcycle-riding suspects.

"Ang motorsiklo kasi ginawa naman yan para sakyan ng isang tao lang pero dahil naiintindihan naman natin na marami sa ating mga kababayan ang gumagamit nito na may mga angkas ay dahil wala silang kapasidad na bumili ng kotse. Kaya ang gagawin nalang natin ay umisip ng mga paraan kung paano maiiwasan 'yung mga krimen kung saan motorsiklo ang kanilang pangunahing kagamitan," PNP-HPG spokesperson Elizabeth Velasquez said.

Earlier, the Mandaluyong government implemented an ordinance prohibiting two men riding in a motorcycle, which means only women and children are allowed to ride together on a bike.

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Male riders who wish to do so will have to present documents like ID cards or birth certificate as proof of identification.

Amid criticisms, particularly from motorcycle groups, the ordinance was approved but on the first six months of implementation, violators will only be inspected, questioned and educated.

Velasquez said the ordinance will be of big help in the PNP-HPG's fight against increasing riding-in-tandem incidents.

"Kung hindi naman maiiwasan na magsakay ng kapwa lalake sa motorsiklo magpasensya nalang sa inspeksyon na gagawin ng mga law enforcers kasi para sa seguridad naman iyon ng lahat," she said.

She said the PNP-HPG is also in favor of requiring motorcycle riders to wear vest emblazoned with the vehicles plate number similar to the ordinance implemented by the local government of Quezon City.

Velasquez said they are still studying the possibility of suggesting the ordinance to other Metro Manila cities.

In 2013, the PNP recorded more than 3,000 cases of crimes perpetrated by motorcycle-riding criminals in Metro Manila alone. (Sunnex)

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