1-Rider party-list wants to strengthen law vs abusive traffic enforcers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 13) — A nominee of the 1-Rider party-list — which has the second highest number of votes in the party-list race, based on the unofficial tally — committed to ensure motorists are protected from abusive traffic enforcers.

1-Rider second nominee Bonifacio Bosita said they intend to use their seat in Congress to hold accountable those who misuse authority at the expense of riders.

"Nakikita natin na parang balewala na lamang sa ilang mga pulis at ilang mga enforcers ang kanilang pagkakamali dahil hindi po sila pinananagot," he told CNN Philippines' Traffic Center. "Ang pangunahing layunin po nito ay panagutin ang pulis at enforcer na magkakamali ng pang-aabuso at maling pagpapatupad ng batas."

[Translation: We can see that the errors of some police officers and traffic enforcers seem to be merely disregarded since they aren't penalized. The primary purpose of our seat is to make these authorities liable for their abusive acts and incorrect enforcement of the law.]

He also said the party-list intends to file other measures safeguarding motorists' rights, such as ones on improving road safety.

Bosita is a retired police officer himself. He is well-known among Filipino riders after going viral for defending a motorcycle-riding couple, whom he maintained was wrongfully ticketed by traffic enforcers last year.

The congressional aspirant is also the founder of Riders' Safety Advocates of the Philippines, which has amassed 1.7 million followers on Facebook.

Based on the partial and unofficial tally of the Commission on Elections as of 2:47 p.m. (98.35% election returns), 1-Rider obtained over 991,000 votes. Meanwhile, ACT-CIS is on top of the party-list race with at least two million votes, while Tingog party-list is in third spot with more than 873,000 votes.