Malacañang backs move to ban ‘riding in tandem’

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Malacañang is open to the possibility of banning motorcycle ride sharing, also known as riding-in-tandem, on the streets of Manila.

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The move to ban the practice came in the wake of a spate of crimes, mostly killings, carried out by men riding motorcycles in tandem. The proposal reportedly came from officials in a bid to deter crime in Metro Manila.

Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that they support tougher measures against crimes by perpetrators who ride “in-tandem” on motorcycles.

“We want to see such initiatives to curb crime take off. We are aware that many recent crimes, including murder, involve the perpetrators riding-in-tandem on motorcycles,” Coloma said on state-run Radyo ng Bayan.

However, he said that the Palace hopes that laws, which would prevent such crimes will be passed soon.

“Our authorities are closely monitoring the progress of such measures. We hope the Congress could come up with laws that will help reduce crime rate,” Coloma added.

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