MANILA - Sen. Richard Gordon slammed Monday critics of a new law that requires motorcycles to have two bigger, readable, and color-coded number plates.
"This is a bill that protects people. 'Di puwedeng pogi, kailangan safety ng tao ang importante," he told "Bandila sa DZMM."
Republic Act (RA) 11235 or Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte earlier this month, seeks to curb crimes committed on motorcycles by making number plates readable some 15 meters away.
Section 5 of RA 11235 states that "readable number plates must be displayed in both the front and back sides of a motorcycle and shall be made of suitable and durable material as determined by the Land Transportation Office (LTO)."
Gordon, the main proponent of the law, said motorcyclists could use decals or stickers on the front, instead of metal plates.
"'Yung front, puwede nang decal o sticker. Sa likod, plaka... Kung talagang wala kang mapaglagyan sa harap, sa gilid pwede kang maglagay," he said.
On Sunday, thousands of motorcyclists in Metro Manila and other parts of the country joined a so-called "Unity Ride" in protest against the new law, which also imposed stiffer penalties.
Driving without a number plate or readable number plate could be punished by prision correccional (6 months and 1 day to 6 years) or a fine ranging from P50,000 to P100,000.
"Sinisiraan lang nila 'yung batas, at sinasabi nila, kawawa kayo... Eh talagang magsisira-ulo talaga kapag sinabi mong singlaki ng television 'yung plate number sa harap, magagalit na talaga," Gordon said.