Pillion Riders, Here Are Some Creative Ways to Prove You're Married

Don't have your marriage certificate? Bring the framed wedding pic, then.

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(SPOT.ph) The government has eased restrictions against multiple riders on motorcycles—for couples only, that is. The semi-lifting of the ban starts today, July 10, which means partners can now ride the same motorcycle as long as they are both wearing protective masks and there is some barrier between them. Oh, and they have to carry some sort of proof that they do in fact live together. 

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Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque clarified that, as far as he knows, the lifting is limited to only married couples. "Sa ngayon po talaga, ang naparating sa akin ni [Interior Secretary Eduardo Año] at [chief implementer of government COVID-19 efforts Secretary Carlito Galvez}, limitado po sa mag-asawa," he was quoted as saying by the Inquirer. In contrast, the national police announced that even live-in partners would be allowed on a single motorcycle. Make of it what you will, we guess.

The news also had some Pinoys a little confused as to what "proof" they could present, especially if they don't have a marriage certificate on hand (or at all). And as always when faced with a problem, folks got creative. 

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Aside from the obvious safety risk of this move—though we have to admit, it does fulfill the government's demands for a barrier and proof of marriage—this can't be good for a rider's arms. If you're fresh out of ideas but really need to go somewhere, we present a list of other totally legit ways to prove that you are indeed, a couple to whichever poor police officer stops you for inspection:

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  • Bring your wedding photo album
  • Heck, bring your wedding invitation, then invite them if it hasn't happened yet
  • Go through each person in your wedding entourage; Maybe call each ninong/ninang and have them talk to the police for added effect
  • Present your wedding bands (make sure they actually match or have a really good reason prepared if not)
  • Tell them your love story (re-enact it, just stop before the consummation)
  • Enthusiastically play your SDE wedding video
  • If you have one (or more), video call your child to present the fruits of your labor
  • Complain about living with your partner, tell them your marriage woes and act like you're in a counseling session; Who knows, the police might have some genuine advice
  • Make out dramatically like they do in telenovelas; Just be sure to keep your masks on
  • Play that cheesy wedding game where each of you has a card with your names on it; Have the police officer ask the questions. (Make sure you ace it, though!)

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