Motorcycle groups score as poll bets back covenant
Several candidates signed a covenant on Sunday dubbed the “Rider’s Agenda” that included, among other demands, a vow to legalize motorcycle taxis — a thorny issue with a slim chance of being resolved by the current Congress despite widespread public support.
A set of reforms meant to give motorcycle riders an emphatic role in policy creation, the Rider’s Agenda was endorsed in a ceremony held at San Juan City by an eclectic mix of senatorial candidates — Chel Diokno, Florin Hilbay and Erin Tañada of the opposition, JV Ejercito of the Nationalist People’s Coalition and Leody de Guzman of Partido Lakas ng Masa.
Congressional bets Ruffy Biazon and Cristal Bagatsing, and the Partido Manggagawa party-list also signed the covenant that was crafted by Riders of the Philippines, an alliance of thousands of riders who attended Sunday’s assembly.
The covenant also signaled a decisive effort by motorcycle group leaders to organize their members into a cohesive community for politicians to court.
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