Justice Leila De Lima has a bucket of iced water dumped on her for the ALS ice bucket challenge during a break at the Department of Justice headquarters in Manila. Photo by Reuters
MANILA - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima took on the ice bucket challenge on Tuesday to raise awareness and research funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
The justice chief, wearing her work clothes for the day, but in slippers, did the challenge shortly before 4 in the afternoon.
Two buckets full of ice cold water with ice cubes were poured on De Lima.
"I love challenges, especially for a worthy cause. Marami na ang nag-take ng challenge all over the globe. That's why others, kunin din nila kasi it's for a worthy cause; makakatulong po tayo."
"Magdodonate din ako para makatulong -- $100," De Lima told media men after the challenge.
She nominated Yolanda Rehabilitation Czar Panfilo Lacson, Davao City Rodrigo Duterte, and Iloilo Rep. Niel Tupas, Jr. to take on the challenge.
Lacson and Duterte are known to be among her staunchest critics.
According to the ALS Association website, ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, "is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord."
Persons with ALS experience a progressive degeneration of motor neurons that eventually leads to their death.
"When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed," according to the ALS Associate website.