Beware of planking, it might get you into legal trouble

Concerned with the safety of student protesters, Quezon City 2nd District Representative Winston Castelo filed a bill that prohibits planking during street rallies.
 
The filing of the “Anti-Planking Act of 2011,” came a day after members of the League  of Filipino Students went face down in main thouroughfare Espana road during the transport strike.
 
“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," the lawmaker said.

He added that life is at risk with the planking fad.
 
“Life and limb are pretty much at risk here... where unbelieving bus drivers or law enforcement authorities might just ram through these warm and living bodies rolled out on highways,” Castelo said.
 
He said that he feared that planking will be used as a template of subsequent street rallies or protest actions initiated by students to express redress of grievances against the status quo.

“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,” Castelo added.
 
In his proposed bill that is posted on his website, the Department of Education and Commission of Higher Education are tasked to draft a universal Code of Student Conduct to carry out the rules and regulation of the prohibition.

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