Well, it looks like the government has finally stepped in. The Philippine Department of Transportation (DOTr) has released a statement on social media, asking motorists to be cautious when participating in the #inmyfeelingschallenge. Great.
In a status posted on Facebook, the agency asked: "Anong mas patok sayo? Yung makiuso o ang kaligtasan mo?" The DOTr also asked motorists to reconsider dancing beside their car, and to be very careful if they really can't help themselves.
"Mga friends, bago mag-balak na mag #inmyfeelingschallenge, isipin muna ang ilang tips para masigurong ang iyong pakikiuso ay hindi makapagdudulot ng sakun o perwisyo."
These tips include only performing the challenge on private or secluded roads, making sure there aren't any oncoming vehicles, and to refrain from breaking the Anti-Distracted Driving Act. "Hindi ka iiwan ni Kiki kung responsable mong ipaparating sakanya ang tunay mong nararamdaman." You can check out the post in its entirety below.
In the comments section of the post, the DOTr clarified that it isn't encouraging people to take part in the viral challenge, and is in fact discouraging them. "Dini-discourage nga po namin ang mga kababayan natin na gawin ito dahil alam natin na ito ay delikado. Again, bago maki-uso, isipin mo muna ang kaligtasan ng iba, at kaligtasan mo," the agency said.
Cute. It would have been better though if the DOTr had simply called out the challenge for what it is--a reckless act. Again, no matter what you think, getting up from the driver's seat and leaving a 1,000-pound hunk of metal to the mercy of gravity is never a good idea. Drive safe guys.