Motorcycle back-ride allowed ‘in essence’ for LGBTQI couple
CALOOCAN CITY, July 11 (PIA) — Back-riding in motorcycles is now allowed “in essence” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) couples, according to the Joint Task Force Corona Virus Shield (JTF CV Shield) chief on Saturday.
During the Laging Handa public briefing powered by the Presidential Communications and affiliate media, JTF CV Shield Commander Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar said the National Task Force for COVID-19 approved the measure on Friday for areas under general community quarantine (GCQ).
“Binanggit po ng National Task Force na ito o ay para sa married couples and live-in partners. So in essence po, ang mga kasamahan natin sa LGBTQI kapag magkasama sa iisang bahay at sila ay live-in partners kasama na rin po sila,” Eleazar said.
Authorities earlier described a “couple” as those “living in the same household, whether they are married or they are common-law husband and wife or boyfriend and girlfriend.”
One way to show proof of being a couple is by presenting IDs with the same surnames.
However, if the couple doesn’t have the same last name, the authorities said they should have the same address in their IDs.
Eleazar said motorcycle riders must still comply with the minimum health and safety standards to prevent COVID-19 infection.
“Kung kayo ay lalabas, ang motorsiklo niyo ay dapat mayroong shield,” he said.
“Kung kayo ay nasa labas na, dapat mayroon kayong facemask at helmet,” he added.
The police official said non-compliance will be in violation of “RA [Republic Act] 11332, specifically Section 9. Ito po ‘yung non-cooperation of person affected by health event of public concern.”
To recall, authorities earlier imposed a “no back-ride” policy in motorcycles since the start of community quarantine measures in mid-March due to health and safety reasons pose by being in close physical contact.
Eleazar said government is implementing a gradual opening of the transportation sector in order to “control” or minimize the rate of COVID-19 infection.
“Kung biglang io-open natin sa lahat ‘yan (backriding), maraming magte-take advantage,” he said.
“At least ngayon, maco-control natin,” he added. (PIA NCR)