The global trend of planking may be allowed in the Philippines no more. That is, if the bill filed by Quezon City Representative Winston Castelo passed into law.
This came after a group of young militants lay face down along a busy street in Manila to support the transport strike of some jeepney drivers and operators against oil price hikes thus caused snarling vehicular traffic. Planking is laying on their bellies by individuals pretending to be a plank of wood. This has been spread like wildfire in the spirit of fun.
In the explanatory note of House Bill 5316 of Anti-Planking Act of 2011, Castelo averred “Parents and teachers have reason to be alarmed if these similar protest actions will have as a scheme and scene otherwise warm and living bodies laid down across street highways as though they were offerings to the gods.”
“The parent in me tells me that this precedent in the case of the this massive transport strike where militant street protesters who are students of various schools have to lie down or serve as ‘planks’ across the road to disrupt what should be normal traffic could just be very dangerous in the future. Life and limb are pretty much at risks here were unbelieving bus drivers or law enforcement authorities might just ram through these warm and living bodies rolled out on highways”, the solon further justified.
“Lest this picture read in newspapers or posted in the internet might evolve into a new mindset that just might go viral or very contagious, let it be nipped in the bud. The Filipino psyche of our young children in school is under attack – right here and now,” he added.
Castelo also urged the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education to draft a Code of Student Conduct for militant or radical students engaged in street protests.
The solon may have the right to file this piece of legislation and he has valid reasons to worry about how the trend being abused. But we are just hoping that this is not another publicity stunt. Well, it is that not too far for the senatorial elections.