MANILA (Mabuhay) – Taking Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s challenge, Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas on Thursday became the latest Philippine government official to take the widely popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Seated on a monobloc chair at the parking area of the Southwing Annex of the Batasang Pambansa Complex, Tupas allowed House aides to pour three buckets of ice-cold water on him.
“I’m accepting the challenge of Secretary De Lima, this is for a worthy cause,” said Tupas before taking the splash in front of the cheering members of the media and some House personnel.
Tupas, chairman of the House committee on justice, was among the three persons nominated by De Lima, who took the challenge on Tuesday. The others were rehabilitation czar and former Senator Panfilo Lacson and incumbent Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Lacson has accepted the challenge while Duterte declined.
For his part, Tupas nominated Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, newly appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza and Senate President Franklin Drilon.
“I’m doing triple ice buckets so tatlo dapat ang inominate ko,” Tupas said. “I’m nominating them because they are all well-respected and their acceptance would help a lot in the funding for ALS research, so I hope they accept my challenge.”
Tupas said he will be donating $100 for ALS research. “Titignan din natin kung may local foundation dito related to ALS research or assistance na pwede matulungan,” he said.
Asked why he did not nominate House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Tupas said: “Huwag na si House Speaker baka magkasakit.”
The latest social media craze aims to spread awareness and generate funds for research on the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, a disease that affects the body’s nervous system often leading to paralysis.
Researchers have yet to determine the cause as well as the cure for ALS, which is also referred as the Lou Gherig’s Disease. (MNS)