Senator Richard Gordon on Friday urged members of the House of Representatives to instantly pass their version of the bill that will require bikes and scooters to have greater license plates for simpler identification.
Gordon made the decision within the wake of the ambush Thursday night in San Juan City on former journalist Michael Marasigan and his brother Christopher by a “riding-in-tandem” assassins.
“The fact that investigators could not immediately identify and pursue the killers because witnesses could not decipher the motorcycle’s plate number has further driven home he need to immediately impose bigger plate numbers for motorcycles,” he mentioned.
“Hence, I am calling on the House of Representatives for the immediate passage of their version of Senate Bill No. 1397 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2017 so we could submit it to Malacanang for enactment into law. Preventing riding-in-tandem killings would ensure that the Marasigan brothers and all other victims of riding-in-tandem assassinations did not die in vain,” Gordon mentioned.
The bill, authored by Gordon and Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, handed by the Senate final July 25, mandates the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to difficulty greater and reflectorized license plates to each bike and scooter within the nation for simple identification and stop motorcycle-riding criminals from simply getting away after committing a crime.
Gordon mentioned he personally knew the late journalist and former editor of Business World was terribly shattered upon listening to the information on Marasigan and his youthful brother’s death.
“Since we first met at my mother’s house at the height of the Mount Pinatubo eruption in 1991, when I mistook him for a pastor, Mike and I had become good friends, exchanging advice and good thoughts, mostly through text messages, through the years,” he mentioned.
“I extend my deepest sympathies to the families of Mike and Christopher Marasigan. Mike is irreplaceable. A great media personality, fair critic and an in-depth writer,” he mentioned.