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Mati City destroys 200 seized bora-bora mufflers

May 30, 2020 - Saturday 6:05 PM by Ruth Palo

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DAVAO CITY -- Around 200 motorcycle mufflers or “bora-bora” causing noise on the roads of Mati City, Davao Oriental were destroyed by the traffic personnel on Friday afternoon.

City Information Officer Ben Tesiorna said the destruction is part of the city’s campaign against noisy motorcycles.

He said the loud mufflers were publicly destroyed beside the Madang Public Market to show the commitment of the local government unit (LGU) to its campaign.

The activity was for the people to see what will happen to their mufflers if they continue using illegal ones.

Tesiorna said loud mufflers disturb the residents especially at night during street racing activities involving minors.

The modified mufflers were confiscated in various operations of personnel from City Transport and Management Office (CTMO) and the group of city administrator Alejandro Aquino.

“Usa kini ka mando sa atong gobyerno para sa road clearing para sa hapsay nga dalan. Manghinaot lang ko kanatong tanan nga kini leksyon ni sa ato nga dili nato tugutan ang syudad sa Mati na mahimong bora-bora country,” Aquino said in a statement.

(This is one of the orders of the government for road clearing so that our roads are orderly. I hope this serves as a lesson that we will not allow the city of Mati to become bora-bora country.)

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) last year issued a Memorandum Order to all regional heads and concerned employees to intensify the prohibition on “bora bora” or motorcycles with modified mufflers that cause undesirable or irritating sounds.

The use of improvised mufflers is also a violation of the Republic Act (RA) Number 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines.