Transparency and accountability in the implementation of Bayanihan Act

By: Julie Mae Marie P. Cantos

A court in Quezon City has granted the petitioners’ request to move forward with the injunction proceedings against the Doble Plaka Law.

Motorcycle rider group, Riders of the Philippines (ROTP), has filed for a Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition against Republic Act 11235 (Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act / Doble Plaka) at the Quezon City regional trial court on July 1, 2020. The injunction proceedings or court hearings are scheduled to commence on November 24, 2020.

What is an injunction?

By definition, an injunction is a judicial order that restrains a person (or entity) from the beginning or continuing an action threatening or invading the legal right of another.

In the case against the Doble Plaka Law, the petitioners hope the court to declare it as unconstitutional since many of its provisions violate the basic rights of individuals, particularly motorcycle riders.

With the Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition, the group hopes that the court will see and understand the plight of riders nationwide, forced to comply with new stringent laws with provisions that are very difficult to meet.

“We’re hoping the courts to declare RA 11235 unconstitutional as a whole,” said Jobert Bolanos of ROTP.