MANILA – Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada shot down Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson's ice bucket challenge, saying he does not want the publicity when he gives to charities.
Singson did the popular ice bucket challenge on TV yesterday, and challenged the former president to do the same as part of the viral effort to raise funds for the study of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
As part of the challenge, Estrada should donate to the ALS foundation or pour cold water with ice on himself, or both.
A lot of celebrities have opted to do both.
The former president, however, dismissed the ice bucket challenge, saying that charitable works should not be made a spectacle.
Estrada said he had been supporting several charities and funding scholarships from the time he was mayor up to the present.
He declined to identify these charities.
"Marami. I don’t have to tell that. Kung tutulong ka, huwag mo na ipaalam sa tao. Kaysa pakitang-tao na tutulong-tulong, parang pulitiko," he told members of the media.