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Duterte urges bikers to exercise road safety.

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte called on motorcycle riders and enthusiasts to promote road safety by being drug- and alcohol-free.

The President made the statement during the 24th annual convention of National Federation of Motorcycle Clubs of the Philippines (NFMCP) in Legazpi City, Albay, late Saturday.

Duterte, being a motorcycle rider himself, admitted that while alcohol cannot be totally avoided, he said that bikers should really be careful and not drive anymore if they have had a drink.

"Do keep in mind that it is not just purely an adventure when you are on the road. I ask you to promote road safety and observe traffic rules, wearing proper protection, and being --- ito talaga (this is really it): alcohol- and drug-free," Duterte said.

"Tutal may mga security guards naman diyan sa building, iwan mo na lang 'yung motor mo (After all there are security guards in the buildings, just leave your motorbikes there). If you cannot take it, do not ride," he added.

Duterte likewise asked motorcycle riders to support the development of tourism industry in the country.

"While this pursuit enables you to travel to other places, you may always take this as an opportunity to be a part of our collective responsibility to foster solidarity and progress in our communities," he said.

Duterte also said that while the government is well on its way towards eliminating the country's social ills, he sought for the riders' proactive participation in nation-building by upholding peace and order, preserving national security and eliminating misfits in the society.

"Remember that your greater participation in our fight against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption is crucial to our goal of uplifting the lives of the Filipino people," he said.

Duterte also told the attendees of the three-day convention to cultivate the values of camaraderie, brotherhood and mutual respect within your circle.

After his speech, Duterte then inspected motorcycles that were displayed at the venue, such as Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, BMW, and Indian Motorcycle Philippines.



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Date:Apr 22, 2018
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