In reaction to students planking on the streets of Metro Manila as a protest against the rise in oil prices, a Filipino congressman has submitted a bill that would ban the practice. Here is what Representative Winston "Winnie" Castelo wrote in his explanatory note of House Bill 5316, otherwise known as "Anti-Planking Act of 2011." (Sources: Sun Star, Congressman Castelo's website)
"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 (sic) unbelieving bus drivers or law enforcement authorities might just ram through these warm and living bodies rolled out on highways."
"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."