Erap mulls banning 'riding-in-tandem'

By Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 17 2014 08:00 PM | Updated as of Jan 18 2014 04:00 AM

Manila to put up 24-hour police checkpoints

MANILA - Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said City Hall's legal department is studying the possibility of banning bikers "riding-in tandem" in the city and allowing only one rider per motorcycle in a bid to curb rising crime.

"If they did it in Bangkok, why can't we?" Estrada said.

In the meantime, Manila Police Chief Supt. Isagani Genabe Jr. has directed his men to put up 24-hour checkpoints in crime-prone areas in the city.

The move is in response to the order of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Supt. Carmelo Valmoria to put a stop to the rising number of crimes in Metro Manila,

Genabe said they will beef up their police motorcycle security, noting that they expect to get more than 200 motorcycles from the Taiwan government in the next few months.

Meanwhile, Manila police, particularly the Tondo police stations, are now on full alert in anticipation of the Sto. Niño festival on Sunday.

Police are expecting hundreds of devotees to attend the activities at the Sto. Niño Church in Binondo.

Manila Police District (MPD) officials will do a spot inspection on some checkpoints near the route of the Sto. Niño parade.

Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno reminded all the Manileños who will be celebrating the Sto. Niño festival not to drink in public as stipulated in a city ordinance.

He said Estrada has ordered the police to strictly enforce the city ordinance.