Aspiring senator wants to ban DOTA

Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 17 2018 07:56 PM


MANILA - An aspiring senator, who calls herself a "street educator," wants to ban several video games like DOTA and Clash of Clans.

After filing her certificate of candidacy Wednesday, Beth Lopez, 58, said she will replace these games with educational ones that will tackle school subjects like social studies. 

"Ang plano kong ipalit ay mga laro pang-edukasyon. Halimbawa, social studies na laro. So nananawagan ako sa mga programers ng ating bansa, gumawa po kayo ng kabutihan para sa taumbayan. Ang gawin niyo po, mga subject na laro. Sa gayon, magdamag man sila sa internet cafe, hindi lang sila naglalaro kundi nag-aaral ng leksiyon," Lopez said.

(I'd replace DOTA with educational games, like ones tackling social studies. So I appeal to the country's programers. Do something good for the country, make some educational games. This way, kids who spend so much time on computer shops could play and learn at the same time.)

Fed up with soaring prices of petroleum products and other commodities, the Bataan native said she also wants to be senator so she can abolish "useless laws," like the EPIRA or Electric Power Industry Reform Act, and the Oil Deregulation Law. 

"'Yan ang nagpapahirap sa atin. Hindi naman ang sinasabi ng mga oil companies na 'yan," she told ABS-CBN news in a separate interview.

Lopez filed her candidacy on the fifth and last day set by the Comelec. However, she was already here on the first day though she wasn't allowed to enter because of insufficient documents. 

The 58-year-old said she also tried to run for senator in 2016 but she was disqualified. She is hoping to make the cut this time. 

"Actually baka mag-number 1 pa nga ako e," said the woman who dubs herself as "tunay na senador ng bayan" or the "real people's senator."

(Actually, I may top the Senate race.) 

-- with a report from Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News