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MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – The government crackdown against operating Angkas bikers intensified, but they are not afraid.
In what they called Unity Ride, thousands of Angkas bikers drove to and from the People Power Monument along EDSA to Quezon Boulevard in Quezon City on Sunday, December 16, to decry the crackdown.
Organizers said more than 8,000 bikers joined the protest, while the police said around 3,000 people were part of the Unity Ride.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Wednesday, December 12, ordered law enforcers to apprehend Angkas bikers and impound their motorcycles if they continue operating. (READ: Why Angkas is illegal)
Angkas stressed on its Twitter account, “Angkas will comply and follow the TRO issued by the Supreme Court.”
But motorcycle ride-hailing firm Angkas will, in effect, defy the order, as both delivery and public transport services continue operations.
Here are some of the photos from the Unity Ride:
– Aika Rey/Rappler.com