The reimplementation of enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila may still be a couple of days away, but authorities aren’t taking any chances and have already activated quarantine control points along the boundaries of NCR Plus.
Only authorized persons outside of residence are allowed to pass through these checkpoints, according to Department of Interior and Local Government secretary Eduardo Año: “The implementation of strict border controls in the NCR Plus is critical to stopping the spread of the (COVID-19) Delta variant.”
For motorcycle riders in particular, that means having to go through long and crowded lines like this:
So much for social distancing, right?
Top Bikes Philippines recently asked its rider-readers about their experience at these quarantine control points, and the replies are eye-opening:
Apparently, there’s such a thing as small-displacement bike discrimination.
“Madalas itanong ng mga pulis, ‘Ilang cc yan sir at anong model year?’ At pagka sabi ko ng model year, magugulat, bobomba sa silynyador at ngingiti, sabay sabing, ‘Sige sir, okay na.’” —Jhay-r Mabanta
“Pinara rin ako ng pulis. Ang sabi sa akin kung pwede raw magpa-picture sa motor ko. Sabi ko na lang, ‘Aba, opo.’ Mabait ang mga pulis pag naka-big bike ka. Hu hu.” —Jeffrey B Ylagan
“Sabi sa’kin ng pulis, ‘Ganda ng bike mo sir, sige andar ka na.’” —Jude Camus
Some riders could only offer a one-word reaction, while others still can’t seem to find the relation between checkpoints and the spread of the virus.
“Speechless.” —Izuku Midoriya
“Ridiculous.” —Paul Kris Ravelo
“Protektado ka sa COVID pag may OR/CR ka.” —Rockler Reyes
“Mautak ang COVID, sumasakay sa kotse. Kaya dumadami ang case.” —Siklos Jeffrey Taneza
This detailed response by a certain Tristan Ira Samonte Jr. pretty much summed up everyone’s ordeal at these quarantine control points:
- They only check motorcycle riders but not those who are using bicycles and four-wheel vehicles.
- Most of the time, when a rider is riding an expensive big bike—let me drop a couple of brands: BMW, Ducati, Moto Guzzi, and big bikes from the four Japanese brands—they get a free pass compared to riders who are using a less expensive motorcycle.
- They honor name-dropping of officials as long as you can prove it. Wag na tayong maglokohan dahil totoo.
Have you had the same experience? Share yours in the comments section.
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