Senator Richard J. Gordon has lashed back at his detractors, slamming the “Doble Plaka” tag on Republic Act 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act as a propaganda tool propagated to fuel the misplaced ire of riders.
“In the first place, the title of the law is Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2019, hindi (not) Doble Plaka. That is a misnomer dahil hindi naman lalagyan ng plaka yung harapan. Ang ilalagay sticker or decal na hindi magpo-pose ng danger sa safety ng riders. Isa lang yan sa mga propagandang pinapakalat nung mga ayaw sa batas na ito,” (That is a misnomer because we are not placing the plate in front. We are putting sticker or decal that will not pose danger to the rider. That is just one propaganda being spread by those who are not in favor of this law.), he said.
Gordon, principal author and sponsor of RA 11235, voiced suspicion that President Rodrigo R. Duterte may have been fed similar information which veiled from his sight two of the foremost objectives of the law which are to protect the public from crimes committed using motorcycles as getaway vehicles, such as extra-judicial killings, and to give justice to the “dead men who can tell no tales.”
“Kung ipapatawag niya ako e pupunta ako at haharap sa kanya. Pero sa palagay ko mistake lang yung naibigay sa kanya, as usual, like yung dobleng plaka, hindi doble plaka yan; katulad nung sinasabing lata, lilipad sa mukha. Pwede ba naman yun? Syempre Red Cross ako, safe driving tayo. Kaya nga, we also stand up para sa mga naaaksidenteng motorcycle riders. Araw-araw may sinasagip kami sa Red Cross na biktima ng motorcycle mishap. Kasi dun tayo sa para sa kabutihan ng pangkalahatan – yung common good,” (If he [President Rodrigo Duterte] calls me for a meeting, I will go and face him. But I think there was a mistake in transmitting it to him, like the double plates. It’s not double plates like what others claim, like some metal that will slam onto your face. Can that be? Of course, I am from Red Cross, we are for safe driving. That’s why we stand up for those victims of motorcycle accidents. Every day, we deal with saving lives of victims of motorcycle mishap. Because we are for the common good for all.), he noted.
The chairman of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights stressed that what is important is peace and order, protecting citizens from being killed without getting justice because riding-in-tandem killers get away easily with motorcycles as their getaway vehicles. (Bagong Senado)