Dear whoever proposed and passed this incredibly idiotic bill…
I’m sorry but I cannot go mum on this one.
Apparently, law makers here in my beloved country decided to make a bill prohibiting/limiting people from taking selfies. I rarely take selfies, even less so after graduating. But this is the ultimate facepalm move I’ve seen yet.
If you have time to concern yourselves over other people’s lives, why not help those poor helpless and sickly kids that cannot afford education nor food? Help them in a way that actually counts without plastering your own faces and names on every grain of rice you feed them. Stop it. Its stupendously narcissistic. The money you spend on what you gave them came from taxes which you collected from the filipino people. And plastering your own faces all over the country is also a selfie. So right back at you.
I spent my day today participating in a medical mission. I saw how unfortunate these kids were. Barely clothed, most of them without footwear running barefoot on rocky and muddy terrain. You guys think marathoners on barefoot are hardcore? Wait till you see these kids.
Why don’t you revise faulty bills that you know needs tinkering? Have you any idea of those sickly starving kids in the street who can’t afford education? Why not WORK on bills that MATTER? Bills that will help our country and its people, and by people, I mean the greater population.
I implore you…
You were voted by the people because they TRUSTED you. They put their hopes and dreams on you as you have asked them to. They look up to you as MODEL citizens. Yet how do you actually repay them now that you are in power?
How will that Anti-Selfie Bill actually HELP the Filipino people? Have you ever thought of that? How will it help those kids in the slums?
PLEASE… THINK. PRIORITIZE.
You have a lot more problems to deal with than this meager “selfie issue” you have imposed.
A citizen who’s still hoping…
The huge loss may stall HIV/AIDS research
About 100 people traveling to a global AIDS conference in Australia were on board the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed and killed 298 people in eastern Ukraine, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
The researchers, health workers and activists were on their way to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. Among the victims planning to attend was Dutch national Joep Lange, a top AIDS researcher and former International AIDS Society president. Briton Glenn Thomas, a spokesperson for the World Health Organization and a former BBC journalist, was also on flight MH17.
The International AIDS Society expressed sadness over the news that its colleagues were on the Malaysian jetliner.
“At this incredibly sad and sensitive time the IAS stands with our international family and sends condolences to the loved ones of those who have been lost to this tragedy,” the group said in a statement.
Friends and colleagues of those within the AIDS-research community, including UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé, also expressed shock and grief over the tragic deaths on Twitter.
While the medical field mourns the lives of those killed, experts like Associate Professor Brian Owler, federal president of the Australian Medical Association, also fear that breakthroughs in HIV/AIDS research will now be stalled.
“The amount of knowledge that these people who died on the plane were carrying with them and the experiences they had developed will have a devastating impact on HIV research,” Owler told TIME.
“The amount of time it takes to get to a stage where you can come up with those ideas cannot be replaced in a short amount of time. So it does set back work for a cure and strategic prevention of HIV/AIDS very significantly,” he said.
— With reporting by Ian Neubauer / Sydney