This was announced today by Manolet Lamata, president of the Thunderbugs of Bacolod and chairman emeritus of the National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs Philippines (NFMCP), the organizing body of the NMC.
“I would like to inform everybody that after consulting with the proper authorities if we can proceed in having the National Motorcycle Convention in Davao City, and the answer was a negative ‘NO,’” says Lamata in his message to the different motorcycle clubs.
The annual event has consistently attracted thousands of big bikers from different parts of the country. Organizers stage a grand program to express their views, hold bike shows and other competitions, and enjoy the camaraderie among motorcycle enthusiasts.
In recent years, President Rodrigo Duterte has been a regular fixture of the biggest bike gathering. During the 2019 NMC in Iloilo City, he ordered the suspension of the implementation of Republic Act 11235, otherwise known as “The Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act” or the “doble plaka” law.
Duterte’s announcement came as a big relief to the millions of local motorcycle owners, who were against the law and considered it “discriminatory” and “unconstitutional.”
Since then, organizers have temporarily shelved the event due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to Lamata, showrunners are apprehensive about the prevailing health situation, particularly the discovery of the new omicron variant that has forced many European countries to implement lockdowns.
“We thought puwede na sa 2022, unfortunately, hindi pa rin,” says Gilbert Gelacio, former president of On Any Sunday Riders Club in an interview.
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