EDSA Shooting Might Lead to “Anti-riding-in-tandem” in More Parts of Metro Manila


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Senior Supt. Moises Villaceran Jr., chief of the Mandaluyong City Police Station, suggested a replication of the Mandaluyong City Ordinance No. 595 in all over Metro Manila to seriously prevent crimes related to riding-in tandem. This is in connection to the EDSA ambush incident that took place last February 17, 2019, Sunday, at around 3PM according to the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) report. The said incident has taken the lives of one businessman and his driver while also injured another woman passenger.

City Ordinance No. 595 was signed by Mayor Benhur Abalos and took effect in Mandaluyong City last April 26, 2015 and was meant to last for three years.

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The same law was also implemented on August of the year 2014 as City Ordinance No. 550. However, this implementation lasted only for six months.

The EDSA ambush incident took the lives of Jose Luis Yulo, a 62-year-old businessman of Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa, and Allan Nomer Santos, male, of Barangay Del Pilar in Las Piñas, the driver of the said businessman while also injured Esmeralda Ignacio of DBP Village in Las Piñas, a 38-year-old woman. Ignacio survived and were taken to the Victor R. Potenciano Medical Center in Mandaluyong City. The said two male victims was declared dead at the hospital.

“The MMDA should push to implement this,” Villaceran said in an interview.

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Around May last year 2018, various motorcycle groups gathered in Mendiola to protest against the National and the local governments “Anti riding-in-tandem law”, calling it discriminatory to motorcycle riders. Organizations like Riders of the Philippines (ROTP), Motorcycle Rights Organization (MRO), and other motorcycle groups cried out against the regulations calling it “against human rights”. The event was named “National Unity Ride for Equality”, highlighting the call for road equality, respect, and safety.

Different motorcycle organizations protested that it is unfair to put the focus on motorcycle riders when criminals can also use car to execute their operation. In relation, chairman Jobert Bolanos of MRO also said that this law is a “law against ordinary Filipinos”. On the said event in 2018, he also said that “it is pitiful that the government is making money out of the implementation of the said law”.

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