Netizen Gene Lim aired his complaint against riders blocking a pedestrian lane somewhere in Ortigas.
In a photo he sent to Top Gear Philippines, several motorcycles were seen parked at the end of a pedestrian lane where no parking sign can also be seen. Based on the photo Lim sent, these motorists clearly disregarded road traffic signs.
Lim also called the attention of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) regarding the situation. According to him, law enforcers in Ortigas “do not seem to be doing their job right”.
Several netizens including riders expressed their opinions over the issue:
Facebook user Keith Mangalonzo commented: “This kind of behavior and blatant disregard of the law gives us riders a bad name. Kaya kami nagegeneralize eh..So to my fellow riders, let’s try to be a good example on the road. “Common sense” at ingat lang ang kailangan sabi nga ng karamihan dito.”
On the other hand, some netizens stressed that Lim was just making a big fuss of the situation. They pointed out that there’s no reason for Lim to sensationalize the issue since there is enough space for him to walk in. Moreover, they said Lim should have talked to the riders instead of sharing the photos on social media.
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Pedestrians’ Safety Rules in the Philippines
In the Philippines, there’s a national law that obliges motorists to give way to pedestrians crossing within a crosswalk.
Chapter IV, Traffic Rules, Article III, Right of Way and Signals, Section 42(c), states that: “The driver of any vehicle upon a highway within a business or residential district shall yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing such highway within a crosswalk, except at intersections where the movement of traffic is being regulated by a peace officer or by traffic signal. Every pedestrian crossing a highway within a business or residential district, at any point other than a crosswalk, shall yield the right of way to vehicles upon the highway.”
In 2013, an ordinance ordering motorists to stop before traversing a crosswalk with people crossing was enacted by the San Juan City Council.