Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar on Saturday said LGBTQ couples are also allowed for motorcycle back-riding in general community quarantine (GCQ) areas, as long as they can provide proof that they are couples or live-in partners.
"Binanggit ng National Task Force na ito ay para sa married couple and others na live-in partners. So in essence, kung 'yung ating mga kasamahan sa LGBTQI ay magkasama sa isang bahay at sila naman ay live-in partners, kasama rin sila doon," Eleazar said at the Laging Handa public briefing.
"Ang kailangan lamang po ay mga patunay na sila ay nakatira doon sa iisang lugar o iisang address ng iisang bahay para mapatunayan na sila ay magkasama," he added.
For couples who are both biologically males or both biologically females, Eleazar said authorities could consider their IDs.
"Sa ngayon, kung nagpatunay lang na meron silang ID doon, ayun po ay kino-consider natin. Eh kung sa pagsisinungaling nila, bahala sila. Pero kung makakakuha ng additional certification coming from the barangay, maganda din po 'yan."
Eleazar said the barrier between the rider and the passenger serves as an additional "safety net" to prevent COVID-19 infection in case some people may take advantage and pretend to be married couples or partners.
"Tuloy-tuloy lang po ang pag-aaral ng ating TWG (Technical Working Group) ng IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) para ma-improve pa ang sistema na ito para sa kapakanan ng ating mga kababayan," he said.
Back-riding on motorcycles has been allowed beginning July 10, but only among couples. —KG, GMA News