Lawbreakers & Other Guimaras Scofflaws

While returning from a trip to Iloilo City to buy a hand pump for one of our wells, we made several stops before going home. As I waited in the New Site Market in San Miguel, Jordan, my asawa parked our Aurora Blue XLT Ford Ranger in front of one of the ukay-ukay (used clothing) stores now crowding the market area. Since I’m a retired old goat, I’ve got plenty of free time, so I whipped out my Sony CyberShot camera and began taking some digital photographs. The following pictures prompted today’s post: “Lawbreakers & Other Guimaras Scofflaws.”

Can You Spot the Violations?

Lawbreakers & Other Guimaras Scofflaws

Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015, Republic Act No. 10666—bans minors from sitting in front of a motorcycle rider.

According to the Inquirer.Net., children are allowed as back riders only if they can comfortably reach the foot peg of the motorcycle and reach around the waist of the rider. They should also wear a standard protective helmet.

Violators face a fine of P3,000, $60 USD, for the first offense. P5,000, $100 USD, for the second offense. P10,000, $200 USD, plus one month suspension of driver’s license for the third offense.

Furthermore, a fourth violation will automatically result in the revocation of the driver’s license.

The LTO can deputize members of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Philippine National Police, and local government units to carry out the enforcement.

I’ve NEVER seen this law enforced on our island province of Guimaras. The tot shown in the picture was sitting behind the motorcyclist when they came into the New Site Market. The woman shown in the photo is not the motorcyclist.

First of all, this is a clear violation of the law and a clear danger to the child.


Republic Act 4653 or An act to safeguard the health of the people and maintain the dignity of the nation by declaring it a national policy to prohibit the commercial importation of textile articles commonly known as used clothing and rags.

The commercial importation of secondhand clothing to the Philippines is prohibited since 1966 under Republic Act No. 4653. It renders a significant part of the ukay-ukay business illegal.

Nevertheless, a proliferation of ukay-ukay stores at the New Site Market in Guimaras is a continuing eyesore. These vendors take up valuable parking places for shoppers wanting to buy vegetable, meat, fish and other commodities other than used clothing.

Why these outlets, relatively new to the New Site, are still allowed, is a mystery to me. Frankly, we’re now doing more shopping in Iloilo City in order to avoid the New Site Market.

In September 2010, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) announced it was putting an end to the ukay-ukay industry.

Former Trade secretary Gregory Domingo described it as an illegal activity. The DTI has never issued any license or permit to ukay-ukay sellers. However, some local government units issue the permits these vendors are using.


Campaign material from the mid-term May 13, 2019, election has to be removed. That edit comes from Comlec, the government agency in charge of local and national elections in the Philippines. The photo above was taken near the Chavez Building. I waited as my spouse purchased some pan de sal.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) urged local and national candidates to take down their campaign posters, following the conclusion of the mid-term elections. This from the Philippine News Agency:

The cost of putting those campaign posters is already huge, why not shell out a few more and tear it down themselves? said Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon.

It’s an election offense if they refuse to take it down three days from notice, we’ll know it at the committee, she said.

Consequently, this poster from defeated Senatorial candidate Mar Roxas should be disposed of. Even more puzzling to me, is the fact that campaign workers for Roxas displayed their candidate’s image on a local “pee” tree in Guimaras.

Peeing in public is also against the law but if that regulation was ever enforced, at least 75% of the local population in Guimaras would be ticketed.

Nearby Iloilo City promotes a much more refined way for gentlemen to urinate outside as seen in the next photo.

Lawbreakers & Other Guimaras Scofflaws

After my spouse bought her pan de sal, we headed out home. I took the following picture while riding as a passenger in our Ford Ranger. I apologize for the photo being out of focus. The Crusty Old Expat has shaky hands at times.

This violation is one of the most commonly ignored laws in Guimaras. Filipino law mandates wearing a helmet;  Republic Act 10054 known as the Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009.

As noted in earlier posts, I’ve done multiple informal surveys of motorcyclists and their passengers on our island province. With a case study in the thousands, less than 10% of Guimaras citizens wear helmets while on a motorcycle.

Seems like the local law enforcement officials don’t really care.

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