Keeping up with the Barrettos? Keep off social media while driving, says DOTr


Posted at Oct 24 2019 04:43 PM | Updated as of Oct 25 2019 06:09 AM

MANILA - If you're keeping tabs on the Barretto sisters' feud, don't do so while driving. 

Public interest in the ongoing fight among the celebrity siblings has prompted the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to issue reminders against distracted driving. 

On Thursday, the DOTr issued a step-by-step guide on how to keep up with updates on Barretto sisters Gretchen, Marjorie, and Claudine while on the road. 

The DOTr's number 1 reminder: don't read social media posts while behind the wheel.

"May anti-distracted driving tayo (We have an anti-distracted driving law)!" read the DOTr infographic posted on Facebook. 

The Barretto sisters, who have long had a history of public quarrels, figured in a scuffle at their late father's wake last week when President Rodrigo Duterte paid his respects.

The sisters have since been appearing in broadcast and social media with their versions of the story, and even some taunts. 

From the DOTr's official Facebook page

While the DOTr advised motorists to stay away from reading #BarrettoChika while driving, it suggested plenty other ways to keep track. 

For instance, motorists on the road with a passenger may ask their companion to read updates for them. 

If a friend, however, decides to call to gossip, motorists should ensure they are wearing headsets or have their phones on loudspeaker to avoid getting distracted.

But for those who can't wait to see "La Greta's" latest juicy Instagram story, the DOTr advised motorists to pull over at a safe place before checking their phone. 

The DOTr post, which has received more than 1,000 reactions on Facebook as of this writing, drew cheers from netizens, many of whom said it was a catchy way of educating the public about road safety.