Youth groups to QC congressman who filed Anti-Planking Bill: "Wala namang basagan ng trip!"

GMA News Online reports that Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo filed a bill at the House of Representatives yesterday, September 20, against planking-or the act of lying face down in unusual locations. The congressman specifically wanted to ban the practice during street protests.

Rep. Winston Castelo of Quezon City’s 2nd District is the proud author of "The Anti-Planking Act of 2011."

 

GMA News Online reports that Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo filed a bill at the House of Representatives yesterday, September 20, against planking-or the act of lying face down in unusual locations. The congressman specifically wanted to ban the practice during street protests.


Castelo said that planking during street rallies became an "important concern" after some youth protesters lay face down along España Boulevard in Manila to support the transport strike on Monday, September 19.

 

In his statement, Castelo urged the government to come up with a code of student conduct for "militant or radical student leaders engaged in street protests or demonstration." He suggested that the  code of conduct should be drafted and implemented by the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education.

He said: "The parent in me tells me that this precedent could just be very dangerous in the future. Life and limb are pretty much at risk here. Parents and teachers have reason to be alarmed. The Filipino psyche of our young children in school is under attack-right here and now."

 

The GMA News Online report revealed that Castelo’s bill (like any other bill) will have to undergo committee and plenary discussions and approvals at the lower chamber, as well as the Senate, before it can be enacted into law.

 

Meanwhile, Interaksyon.com reports that "youth groups are protesting and ridiculing the Quezon City congressman’s bill."

 

The report quoted Jico Santos, chairperson of the student group KAISA, based in the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, who said lawmakers like Castelo should instead focus on crafting laws that will ensure the exercise of the people's rights like the Freedom of Information and Reproductive Health bills. "Planking is covered by our freedom of expression. Congressman Castelo, wala namang basagan ng trip," Santos said.

 

Echoing Santos’ sentiments, Carl Reyes of the Sanlakas Youth said, "This is a cheap attempt at publicity and with the sole intention of abridging the rights of the youth to freely express themselves. The Anti-Planking bill is very anti-democratic and definitely ridiculous."

 

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online and Interaksyon.com.

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