MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino expressed concern over increased motorist carelessness just after the release of a new commercial for an auto insurance featuring Christopher Lao.
Just yesterday, advertising agency McCann Erickson released an auto insurance commercial featuring Mr. Lao parodying his past experience with floods. In an interview with GMA News Online, Chris said that “…some good finally came out of this crisis. It became an opportunity. I can now pay for the tuition of my daughter.”
Flood victim Christopher Lao became famous during typhoon Kabayan, after he was featured in an interview where he went on a tirade when his car got stuck on deep flood waters while trying to fetch her daughter at school. The video interview spread on social networking sites where he became an internet sensation as the video got mostly negative responses with some trying to defend his actions.
MMDA has gathered significant data from it’s traffic monitoring system headquarters and found out that cases of motorist “doing stupid things” to their cars have significantly increased over the past 24 hours. Chairman Tolentino in a statement, said “We’ve seen an alarming rate of people driving their cars into flooded areas, as well as deliberately not obeying traffic rules. It seems like they intentionally want to figure in a vehicular accident. This might just be a coincidence, but we even had three incidents of motorist just jumping out of their cars while plying Commonwealth avenue just this afternoon.”
“This graph shows a huge spike for the month of October, but you can see why this is a cause for concern. We are only halfway through this month but the numbers have far surpassed the numbers for the whole of October for the past 4 years,” added Tolentino.
We showed the chart to a renowned Psychiatrist in Human Behaviour to get an expert analysis on the matter. According to Dra. Ma. Lourdes Peñaflorosa, what the numbers are showing is that plenty of people now wants to be Chris Lao. “People before were mocking him, calling him names and whatnot. Now that he got paid for doing the exact same thing, these new batch of “Chris Laos” are now hoping that the public will mock them as well, so that in the future, they will be featured in a t.v. commercial.”
“I understand the high cost for quality education in our country, and we know that parents wants what’s best for their kids. But I am urging these people to refrain from risking their cars, let alone their lives; for the sake of being an internet sensation,” the doctor added.