MMDA references 'red light, green light' vs jaywalking. Not everyone is pleased.

Not all Squid Game derivations are amusing.

10/21/2021 10:13:00 AM

Not all Squid Game derivations are amusing.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority made a reference to the 'Green Light, Red Light' game from the popular 'Squid Game' series in its advisory

“Squid Game”series in its advisory against jaywalking.While their post earned some cheers, others raised concerns over the implications of the game MMDA they referenced.MMDA on Wednesday, October 20 reminded the public about its standing Anti-Jaywalking Ordinance where a fine worth P500 or community service will be meted against violators.

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“Kapag nag-jaywalk ka, huli ka! Layunin ng Anti-Jaywalking Ordinance na ipinapatupad ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) na hindi magdulot ng abala sa trapiko ang mga pedestrians at maiwasan ang aksidente sa kalsada,” MMDA said.“Sa ilalim ng nasabing ordinansa, may multang P500 o community service ang sinumang mahuhuling tumatawid sa maling lugar partikular sa mga pangunahing lansangan sa Metro Manila,” they added.

MMDA also joined in the “Squid Game” online craze with their infographic.The popular Korean series follows a group of players with huge debts as they played a series of deadly games for prize money of $84 million (100 billion won).One of the games players on the show were killed for is the “red light, green light” where a creepy doll orders participants to either stop or move in a field.

However, in MMDA’s version, the creepy doll catches jaywalkers instead.The post soon caught the attention of Squid Game fans and other concerned social media users.There were those who expressed their support for MMDA’s implementation of the policy.Others, however, were concerned with MMDA’s suggestive interpretation of the fictional show or the game itself.

“So ‘pag di susunod, iha-harass at papatayin agad ng gobyerno. Walang pagkukubli naman itong Philippine government,” Raoul Manuel of Kabataanwrote.“Not sure what message are you trying to convey here (or maybe I’m sure) because the deadly version of Red Light, Green Light in Squid Game is supposed to be a critique of something and I’m not sure (or, again, maybe I’m sure) you didn’t understand it,” Philip Jamilla of Karapatan

said.Some users, meanwhile, addressed the lack of safe roads and paths for pedestrians to walk on in Metro Manila, thus forcing some people to jaywalk. Read more: Interaksyon »

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