Motorbike riders set protest to defend rights

Posted at 01/21/2014 11:59 PM | Updated as of 01/22/2014 10:38 PM

MANILA -- Motorcycle riders will converge at the People Power Monument in Quezon City on January 26 to defend their rights, a motorcycle riders' group said.

The gathering initiated by the Motorcycle Rights Organization (MRO) is also a call for the police to "level up" in their duties, according to MRO official Jobert Bolanos.

Bolanos, in a social media post Tuesday, said other measures can be done instead of burdening riders with "band-aid solutions" in light of the rash of crimes allegedly perpetrated by "riding-in-tandem" criminals.

Bolanos said different government agencies and the VACC have made suggestions anew which violate human rights.

"Ang iba't ibang sangay ng gobyerno ay nag papanukala ng mga panibagong batas na kumikitil na naman sa ating karapatang pangtao. Kasama dito ang suhestyon ng VACC na dagdagan nanaman tayo ng pasanin tulad ng mga nilabanan namin ng mga nakaraang taon," Bolanos said in the statement.

Among these suggestions include registering helmets with the police and the barangay; wearing of white helmet only for riders-in-tandem; wearing of reflective vests indicating plate number of motorcycle; 30 kph speed limit; and prohibiting back riders altogether.

These suggestions came in the heels of the PNP's problem on criminality, and the burden should not be passed on to riders, Bolanos said.

According to Bolanos, they are ready to fight for their rights as citizens, who pay taxes which are being used as salaries of the same policemen tasked to protect them.

"Hindi porket motorsiklo ang gamit ng mga kriminal, pwede na nila tayong limitahan, pagbintangan, tratuhin at pag pasanin na tila sankot tayo sa mga gawain ng mga hangal. Biktima din tayo tulad ng lahat ng kababayan natin dahil kaisa tayo ng publiko," Bolanos said.

"Tama na ang pag papadali ng trabaho. Oras na para gawin ang trabaho. Tama na ang pwede na yan. Oras na para ayusin yan," Bolanos added.