Manila to ban ‘riding in tandem’

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Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada on Friday said that his administration is seriously considering banning ‘riding in tandem’ in a bid to curb criminality.

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Estrada, however, clarified that the city council is still studying the details of the proposal, including the holding of hearings wherein motorcycle users will be invited.

“Riding in tandem criminals do not only snatch jewelry, cellphones or bags, but also kill helpless people ” Estrada told reporters at the sidelines of the 113th anniversary of Manila Police District wherein 174 police officers were promoted led by SPO4 Ernesto Martinez of the MPD Public Information Office.

Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Isko Moreno added that the city government will also deploy “sikreta” or secret agents to help in intelligence gathering and prevent criminality from happening.

Among the victims of men riding in tandem were Jail Officer 4 Benjamin Signat who was killed by men riding in tandem last year; Police Officer 2 Ryan Bagadiong who was murdered in 2012, and Polytechnic University of the Philippines vice president Augusto Cesar in Oct. 2011.

The ban in riding in tandem is now pending at the Manila council. Its author Councilor Rodolfo Lacsama explained that men riding in tandem could “maneuver their motorcycle fast, sleek and easy even in heavy traffic being capable of sprinting away through narrow alleys to elude pursuing police vehicles.”

Moreno vowed to ease traffic in the city, including the banning of truck vans and limit their entry and passage in the city roads at particular time.

Manila has successfully banned the entry of colorum buses and those who have no designated terminals in the city.

Minus the colorum buses, traffic in Manila roads has improved significantly, an act that solicited from the public, including the motorists, praises. JAIME R. PILAPIL

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