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DILG: Back-riding is only for couples, married or not

Motorbike riders will be asked to present proof of relationship

Just be sure that your back passenger is your better half. PHOTO BY PIXFLY

A few weeks ago, Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases spokesperson Harry Roque revealed that government would soon allow motorcycle back riders to help address the lack of public transportation in Metro Manila, pending “the approval of the requirements.”

Today, the Department of the Interior and Local Government announced that back-riding will officially be allowed starting tomorrow, July 10. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, however, clarified that this is only “for couples.”

Año is quoted by the press statement as saying:

“Simula bukas, July 10, ay papayagan na natin ang back-riding ngunit sa couples lang muna. Alam naman natin ang sitwasyon ngayon, tumataas ang bilang ng mga positive cases. At least ang couple ay nakatira sa iisang bahay lang ’yan. Ang couple is living in the same household—either they are married, or common-law husband and wife, or boyfriend and girlfriend. Sa ID ay dapat magkapareho ng apelyido. At kapag naman common-law husband and wife ay kailangang the same address sa ID. There are so many ways to prove naman that indeed they are a couple.”

There is just some confusion as to the exact rule, because Roque has also been quoted as saying that motorcycle back-riding is only for married couples, and that back riders will be asked to present proof like a marriage contract.

Ang gulo. Don’t bring your mistress just to be sure.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 26 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.