Pokémon GO is the latest craze that spreads throughout the world and the fever just gets hotter and hotter as time progresses. When the massive growing mobile game hit the Philippines last August 6, 2016, Filipino smartphone users suddenly love walking, not just because of lack of public transport, but because of the excitement of hunting Pokémons.
The game is very addictive, I must admit. However, our obsession of the game must be controlled with outmost prudence.
A court judge in Cebu City, Hon. Yvonne Cabaron Artiaga, who was appointed to her post by Former President Benigno Aquino III at the MTCC (Municipal Trial Court in Cities) Branch 3 in Cebu, placed a note on the door which says:
Lawyers and Litigants:
There is no pokemon in my chamber. I will use to the full extent my contempt power for any pokemon related disturbance.
Knock at your own risk.– Judge Artiaga
Under pain of contempt, Pokemon catching inside the court is strictly prohibited. Justice may be blind but it can see Pokemon catchers. Violators will face fine and imprisonment.
I agree with the judge. There are limitations on playing the game. Catching a Pikachu or any pokemon in the courtroom is really disturbing. Pokémon hunters can go somewhere else in order not to disturb legal proceedings.
The same concerns can be said to churches and other sacred places. Some people finds it inappropriate to locate Pokéstops and Pokémon Gyms at places of worship or memorial areas.
Having said all that, without a doubt, the judge is familiar with the Pokémon universe. Who knows, she got a pokemon on the courtroom.
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