VM Duterte does the ice bucket challenge

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Monday, August 25, 2014


DAVAO CITY Vice Mayor Paolo was challenged to do the trending "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" and he gamely did it Saturday evening and challenged three others to do the same and join the growing number of donors for the ALS research all over the world.

In a video posted at the FB page of Vice Mayor Duterte, he was doused with a bucket full of water and ice by his wife January and daughter Sabina.

The vice mayor then challenged his sister, former mayor Sara Duterte Carpio, Senator JV Ejercito, and Compostela Valley Board Member Ramil Gentugaya to also take the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Gentugaya had already accepted Duterte's challenge Sunday and donated also to ALS and the local Gawad Kalinga.

As a rule, a person challenged to do the Ice Bucket must post his own video within 24-hours after accepting the challenge of dousing himself with a bucket full of ice and water.

If one decides not to take the challenge, then he/she must donate at least $100 to the ALS.org. If he/she takes up the challenge, he/she must still donate but in any amount desired.

Aside from donating to the ALS research, Vice Mayor Duterte however declared that he would also be donating to a local charity group. His beneficiary would be the Boystown in Maa which was the pet project of his late grandmother Nanay Soling Duterte.

Duterte also urged the three persons he challenged to also donate to their chosen local charity and not just to the ALS research.

So far, the challenge have gone viral in just two months since it was started. Donations to the ALS.org has already reached more than $62 million coming from all parts of the world.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually lead 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.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 26, 2014.

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