Mandaluyong stands by its "no back ride" policy
"But officer, he’s my brother from another mother"
The Philippine Star reported on Monday that the local government unit of Mandaluyong has asked the court to dismiss the petition of motorcycle riders groups to junk the "no back ride" policy. Under the ordinance, violators face up to P3,000 in fines and up to three months in jail.
Mandaluyong City’s policy of prohibiting two men of no relation to each other from riding a motorbike together has been steadily met with resistance since its implementation. However, Mayor Benhur Abalos and his supporters haven’t budged on the issue. Abalos even cites the ordinance as the reason why "riding-in-tandem" crimes have decreased in the city.
According to petitioners Motorcycle Rights Organization and the Arangkada Riders Alliance, the city should increase police visibility instead of inconveniencing citizens.
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