Look out ghosters, your time is up!
Are you tired of getting “ghosted?” Worry no more! The House of Representatives has got your back. Or at least one person there does. Rep. Arnolfo Teves filed a bill seeking to declare ghosting an emotional offense.
“Ghosting” is defined as ending a relationship without explanation. This is prevalent, especially in the online dating scene. The goal of the anti-ghosting bill (House Bill 611) is to protect people from emotional and/or mental abuse.
For context, Rep. Teves is from the third district of Negros Oriental. He was also the one who proposed to change the name of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Rep. Teves wants it named after ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. because he built it. This is a false claim, as construction on NAIA began in 1947. Manuel Roxas was the Philippine president at the time.
Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr., who earlier proposed renaming NAIA after the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, now files House Bill 611 to declare ‘ghosting’ as an emotional offense. https://t.co/aKKwOvZDPQ | @xianneangel pic.twitter.com/U5FUxJKmgO— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) July 26, 2022
“In the age of social media and in today’s world, dating has changed. Now, couples communicate using cellular phones. They use cellular phones as an avenue for meeting and dating,” Rep. Teves said in his explanatory note.
“Studies say that rejection activates the same pathways in the brain as physical pain. There’s a biological link between rejection and pain. That goes for friends and partners alike,” he added.
Asked if this bill is relevant or not, Teves says, “Ginawa ko lang ito. I leave it up to the majority kung anong magandang penalty. ‘Di naman kailangan mabigat, ‘di ba. Pag ang tao natatamaan emotionally, maraming nadadamay. Dapat magawan natin ng paraan,” he adds.
Netizens have a field day about the Anti-Ghosting Bill
Netizens had a lot to say about this bill. Here are some of the best reactions.
House bill 611 be like— LoDz (@mlldymndz) July 26, 2022
“Anong kaso mo?”
A salary of 262,965 a month,and all he can file is change name of airport and ghosting.what next?— katrina joaquin (@kittypie622) July 27, 2022
anti ghosting bill? i’m out see yall in jail i guess pic.twitter.com/LrmbWoTYBL— blaine (@pttyflcko) July 26, 2022
quick rant bc why is the anti-ghosting bill even a thing in the philippines ? you could’ve focused more on giving us free quality education, affordable healthcare, or passing much more important bills, but y’all chose to prioritize GHOSTING??— yuri; like & rt ? (@yaeribun) July 28, 2022
REALLY??.. ANTI-GHOSTING BILL??.. It looks like a meme… No way right??— Cheesecaked (Only accepting 3 min videos 8/10) (@Chscykd) July 26, 2022
Imagine if they actually got into this position just to do this so they won’t get ghosted anymore… KEKW pic.twitter.com/TdW4OjzNc7
Read House Bill 611, and you will notice that there are no penalties stated, if ever the person is found to have committed an emotional offense.— Lioness Reigns (@lionereigns_) July 26, 2022
To Arnolfo Teves Jr. :
Are you seriously prioritizing Ghosting over more relevant matters? Stop wasting our taxes.
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