Bosita brings to House his fight for riders' rights

Published May 27, 2022, 11:50 AM

by Dhel Nazario

Incoming partylist representative Bonifacio Bosita is bringing with him to the House of Representatives his fight to protect the rights of riders which according to him, is something that he has been advocating since 2006.

(Jel Santos / MANILA BULLETIN)

Bosita told reporters after being proclaimed on Thursday, May 26 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Forum that he ran for a house seat after he personally bore witness to the plight of motorists for years, falling victim to wrongful apprehensions.

“Kaya po pangunahing isusulong po namin ng 1-Rider partylist, ang mga batas na magproprotekta sa mga motorista (Our main thrust in 1-Rider partylist is to draft laws that will protect our motorists),” he stated.

“Alam niyo marami kasing nangyayari na maling panghuhuli na nakakalungkot na yung mismong mga enforcers natin hindi alam yung kanilang ginagawa kaya malaki ang perwisyo na dinadanas ng ating mga kapatid na motorista (You know there are a lot of instances of wrongful apprehensions which is saddening because even the enforcers themselves are not aware of what they are doing and in turn it is our motorists who suffer),” he explained.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed the 55 winning party-list groups in the 2022 polls a day after the Commission En Banc, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), canvassed the last of the 173 certificate of canvass

1-Rider Partylist, came out second, garnering a total 1,001,243 votes or equivalent to 2.7206 percent, giving them two seats.

Bosita, a retired police colonel, has been known for quite some time on social media, especially to riders, being called whenever they feel like they’re being falsely cited for a traffic offense.

His most recent rise to fame is his involvement in the “tsinelas” issue, which made rounds on social media, even calling the attention of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic czar Edison Bong Nebrija.

It started when an MMDA traffic enforcer ticketed a motorcycle-riding couple supposedly due to a “dress code violation” in which the enforcer specifically cited the female back-rider for wearing slippers instead of shoes. Bosita, who was contacted for help by the couple, lectured the enforcer of his alleged erroneous apprehension.

Bosita, along with those who were proclaimed, will serve for a term of three years beginning noon of June 30, 2022.

 
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