MANILA – Malacañang said backriding on motorcycles will soon be allowed with the guidelines expected to be released by the National Task Force (NTF) on coronavirus disease 2019 response this week. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said that he could not allow motorcycle back-riding because strict physical distancing cannot be observed. Having a passenger on motorbikes remains prohibited in general community quarantine areas. Even couples are not allowed to ride together on motorcycles, with authorities concerned the proximity may lead to virus spread. “Sila ay inatasan na mag-pulong at alamin ang pinakaligtas at pinaka-ebektibong paraan para mabawasan ang transmission sa back-riding sa mga motorsiklo,” Roque said. Motorcycle taxi services have recently proposed the use of especially designed plastic shields between the driver and passenger as a way to comply with health standards./PN Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced over the weekend that motorcycle back-riding is already allowed “in principle” upon the approval of the requirements set by the technical working group. The government may soon allow backriding on motorcycles despite the strict quarantine restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019, says Presidential spokesman Harry Roque. ABS-CBN NEWS Roque added that departments of Transportation, Science and Technology, and Health; the Metro Manila Development Authority; and the Bureau of Philippine Standards were tasked to look for the “safest and effective” manner to ensure the safe back-riding amid the outbreak. “Pinapayagan na in principle ang back riding upon the approval of the requirements na ise-set ng technical working group,” Roque said during the Laging Handa briefing.
The agent of Udinese midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has claimed his client is a target for Manchester City.The 22-year-old Ghana international has attracted the attention of several European clubs with fine performances with Udinese this season.“I cannot deny that there are several clubs interested,” said agent Claudio Vagheggi to Firenzeviola.it.“Manchester City? It’s true but they are not the only ones interested in Asamoah. Fiorentina were among the first to show an interest in the player.“But we have decided not to speak about Udinese’s transfer market right now because it is premature.“Udinese’s strategy is to focus on the season right now. “If the team continues to do so well and perhaps reach an important goal by the end of this season, then, Asamoah is likely to remain.”Asamoah is valued at 30 million euros by Udinese and is under contract with the Serie A outfit until June 2014.Udinese, who hammered Palermo 7-0 in Sicily last weekend, are fifth in Serie A, one point behind Lazio, who hold the last Champions League qualifying spot.Source: Ghanasoccernet