A few weeks ago, Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases spokesperson Harry Roque revealed that government would soon allow motorcycle back riders to help address the lack of public transportation in Metro Manila, pending “the approval of the requirements.”
Today, the Department of the Interior and Local Government announced that back-riding will officially be allowed starting tomorrow, July 10. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, however, clarified that this is only “for couples.”
Año is quoted by the press statement as saying:
“Simula bukas, July 10, ay papayagan na natin ang back-riding ngunit sa couples lang muna. Alam naman natin ang sitwasyon ngayon, tumataas ang bilang ng mga positive cases. At least ang couple ay nakatira sa iisang bahay lang ’yan. Ang couple is living in the same household—either they are married, or common-law husband and wife, or boyfriend and girlfriend. Sa ID ay dapat magkapareho ng apelyido. At kapag naman common-law husband and wife ay kailangang the same address sa ID. There are so many ways to prove naman that indeed they are a couple.”
There is just some confusion as to the exact rule, because Roque has also been quoted as saying that motorcycle back-riding is only for married couples, and that back riders will be asked to present proof like a marriage contract.
Ang gulo. Don’t bring your mistress just to be sure.