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    Philippines trying to ban Motorcycle passengers

    Akbayan slams move to ban tandem riding on motorbikes
    By Leila B. Salaverria
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    7:28 pm | Saturday, January 25th, 2014


    MANILA, Philippines—Banning the widespread practice of riding tandem on motorcycles is not going to deter crimes but is actually a proposal that would work against the poor, Akbayan Representative Ibarra Gutierrez said Saturday.

    Gutierrez joined opponents of the move to ban two or more riders on motorcycles, or those riding tandem.

    The move to ban the practice came about after a spate of crimes, mostly killings, carried out by men riding tandem on motorcycles.

    But according to Gutierrez, this would be detrimental to millions of ordinary Filipinos who have turned to riding motorcycles as a cost-efficient and faster mode of transportation. It could be an economic burden for the poor, he added.
    Motorcycles have become popular in recent years because of the poor state of the country’s mass transport system, the rising cost of gas, and traffic gridlock that leaves four-wheeled vehicles stuck for hours on the road.

    “This is a grave injustice; it violates human rights and severely discriminates against the ordinary, working Filipino citizens,” Gutierrez said of the proposed ban.
    “This new riding measures could put restrictions on more than 7 million motorcycle drivers, stifles resources-sharing for people who use this mode of transportation to save on travel expenses, and sows undue suspicion and discrimination against motorcycle ride-sharers who are now being generalized as potential criminals,” he added.

    He said just because two people are sharing a motorcycle does not mean they should be viewed as robbers or killers. It would not do to generalize, he said.

    “We should not breed suspicions that, in the end, will prove detrimental to the welfare of the ordinary citizens,” he added.

    He further pointed out that even law enforcement personnel and employees of government agencies have turned to using motorcycles.

    Gutierrez contended that banning tandem riding on motorcycles would not necessarily lead to a reduction in crime.

    What would reduce crime local government units boosting their police forces and increasing police visibility, as these could deter criminals. Upgrading the equipment of law enforcement personnel would also help, he added.

    Gutierrez said he backs the position of the Motorcycle Rights Organization and Arangkada Riders Alliance which are protesting moves to ban tandem riding.
    “Public safety should be of great priority but we have to be prudent on the supporting measures that will be adopted. We have to make sure that it effectively addresses the issue that is being resolved and it does not harm the people, in both economic and social terms,” he said.

    Earlier, Manila City Mayor Joseph Estrada pushed the idea of banning riding tandem on motorcycles after a spate of incidents involving criminals on motorcycles.

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    It's a proposal by disgraced former President and current Mayor of Manila Estrada. It would only impact Metro Manila were it to be passed, which won't happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    It's a proposal by disgraced former President and current Mayor of Manila Estrada.
    The rambo want to be movie star? Hero to millions, with a moustache? Quite the flop...

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    I think Estrada might have an interest in a few motocy shops and is looking to drum up sales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton
    It's a proposal by disgraced former President and current Mayor of Manila Estrada.
    The rambo want to be movie star? Hero to millions, with a moustache? Quite the flop...

    Hardly a wannabee - a huge star in numerous Filipino movies which was the basis for his rise in politics and eventual rise to the presidency. His following is still so strong nationwide as to get him elected Mayor of the capital city, despite the way his presidency ended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    It's a proposal by disgraced former President and current Mayor of Manila Estrada. It would only impact Metro Manila were it to be passed, which won't happen.
    This one of the dumbest propositions I have ever read.

    Banning passengers ? What the

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    It would certainly reduce the number of motorcycle related road fatalities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    I think Estrada might have an interest in a few motocy shops and is looking to drum up sales.
    Tut tut, , I never knew such cynicism existed in the far east. ( but I'm learning )

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    Just a knee-jerk reaction to a large number of robberies and assassinations carried out by passengers on motorcycles.

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    Cracks me up in tieland mom and dad wearing they're helmets on the wave, they're 2 children they love so much between em no helmets.

    Presumably just because no fines for the kids?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
    Cracks me up in tieland mom and dad wearing they're helmets on the wave, they're 2 children they love so much between em no helmets.

    Presumably just because no fines for the kids?
    Do you honestly think they don't love thier children ? People should be able to do what they want

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