By Lyka Manalo
BATANGAS CITY—Senator JV Ejercito has assured motorcycle riders that there will be no front-mounted metal plates and ensured that the safety of the riders will be put in top priority when the government implements the Republic Act 11235 (Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act ) or known as ‘Doble Plaka Law’.
Ejercito, one of the Senate members who supported the passage of the bill and also a rider recently initiated a meeting along with riders group, motorcycle dealers, Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Highway Patrol Group (HPG) before the release of Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).
The measures which meant to prevent crimes especially committed by riding-in-tandem criminals reaped criticisms on social media and staged protests from riders groups.
Ejercito, however, clarified that the law requires number plates but does not specifies metal-made plates.
“Yung Republic Act na ipinasa po nakalagay lang number plates, ibig sabihin puwede rubber, decal, sticker, or vinyl (the Republic Act that was passed requires number plates, meaning, it can be (made of) rubber, decal, sticker or vinyl)” he explained saying the LTO is looking towards on sticker or decal.
Ejercito said he understands the sentiments of his fellow riders that the front-mounted metal plates are too risky. He was apologetic for what had happened but his intention in supporting the bill was to avoid harassment and discrimination which are the common complaints from motorcycle riding public.
“Kung sakali man tingin nyo ako’y nagkasala pasensiya na po pero gagawan ko naman ang lahat ng paraan para maging friendly ang IRR na ilalabas (If you think I made a mistake, then sorry, but I will find ways to make it a rider friendly IRR)” he told local media.
Ejercito attended the 75th birthday celebration of Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas and conducted a meeting with the province’s barangay health workers at the Capitol Compound here on Monday.
He said now that President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Universal Health Care Act, it is now time to address the compensation and benefits of barangay health workers who are the front- liners in providing health services for barangay.