DOTr discourages public from doing ‘In My Feelings’ challenge: ‘Yung makiuso o ang kaligtasan mo?’
Are you planning to join the trend of the “In My Feelings” dance challenge? Not so fast, because the Department of Transportation (DOTr) is discouraging the public from doing so.
The department has issued a warning to the public about the viral dance challenge through its Facebook page on Monday, July 3o. It asked the public: “Anong mas patok sayo? Yung MAKIUSO o ang KALIGTASAN MO?” (Which is more important to you? To be trendy or your safety?)
DOTr gave tips, such as doing the challenge in a private road, if one’s really bent on trying it. “Be safe, not reckless!” the first guideline read. DOTr also reminded the public to make sure there will be no other cars approaching while doing the challenge, and to also be careful when taking a video, as it may be a violation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act.
“UNAHIN ang KALIGTASAN mo bago MAKIUSO!” (Safety first before being trendy!) the post reiterated.
In the comments section, the department clarified: “Dino-discourage nga po namin ang mga kababayan natin na gawin ito dahil alam natin na ito ay delikado.” (We’re discouraging the public from taking the challenge because we know it’s dangerous.)
The viral dance craze started with online personality Shiggy, who danced to Drake’s “In My Feelings” and posted it on his Instagram page. Hollywood actor Will Smith also joined in the trend and did the dance on a bridge in Budapest, Hungary.
Local celebrities such as Inigo Pascual too have joined the craze. But instead of doing it on the road, Pascual opted to do the challenge aboard a plane.
The challenge has morphed into more dangerous forms. Some tried it by first stepping out of a moving vehicle before proceeding to dance.
Incidentally, Drake expressed his gratitude towards the challenge as “In My Feelings” shot up to number one in the United States Billboard Hot 100.
Other countries have also posed warnings about doing the challenge, such as the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, the Mumbai Police in India, as well as police in Spain. In the United Arab Emirates, those trying out the challenge and violating laws in the process could be fined an equivalent of P29,000. JB
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