If you don’t come back to the Philippines, you may soon be breaking the law.
A lawmaker in the country wants to make ghosting someone there an “emotional offense,” with penalties that may include mandatory community service.
Ghosting, defined as when someone cuts off all forms of online and telephone communication, can “activate the same pathways in the brain as physical pain,” wrote Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. in his explanatory memorandum along with the proposal, which was posted on Twitter this week by OneNews.
“The ambiguity with ghosting is that there is no real closure between the parties involved and as such it can be compared to some form of emotional cruelty and should be punished as an emotional offense because of the trauma it causes to the ‘hosted party,’ the legislature wrote.
While no penalty is defined in the proposal, Teves said: CNN he did not think the punishment “should be severe.
“We can impose community service on offenders to realize that ghosting is not right,” he said, claiming that ghosting can also affect an employee’s productivity.
The offense would only apply when two people are in a “dating relationship” – either cohabiting or “romantically engaged over time and continuously during the court of the relationship,” the note said. Others with ignored text messages would not fall under the proposed ghost ban.
The bill seems unlikely to pass in a country facing more pressing social problems, leading critics to dismiss the move as a publicity stunt.
“It’s a calculated move to make him popular and part of the public conversation,” Arjan Aguirre of Ateneo de Manila University told the newspaper. Washington Post.
The report noted that Teves recently made a controversial but high profile attempt to rename an airport in the country after former despot Ferdinand Marcos.