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DOTA banned in internet shops in Cavite village


The popular computer game DotA (Defense of the Ancients) was banned in Barangay Salawag in Dasmariñas, Cavite following an ordinance implemented by the local government there.
 
In a report from GMA's “24-Oras” on Wednesday, Salawag Bgry. Captain Eric Paredes said someone already died due to the computer game.
 
“Mayroong dalawang namatay na ang pinagmulan ay sa mga computer shop nang galing 'yung pag aaway. Nalamin namin na ito pala'y naglalaro ng games sa computer shop at isa nga dito 'yung sinasabi nila na DotA,” Paredes said.
 
Aside from this, barangay officials said DotA distracts youngsters from their studies and is a bad influence that makes the youth participate in video game gambling and violence. 
 
Violators of the resolution passed by the Sangguniang Barangay last Monday will be subject to up to 2 months of suspension for the first offense.
 
Computer shops caught for the second offense will be closed while those who violate the law for a third time will be revoked of their barangay business clearance.


 
Maricel Navarette, a parent and resident of Salawag strongly suppoted the ordinance.
 
“Tama lang din na ibawal para yung kabataan ay medyo makapag concentrate sa pag aaral nila. Minsan yung iba ang baon nila itatabi nila para lang pang DotA nila,” Navarette said.
 
But Marlon Quistadio, a regular DotA player who now finds contentment in watching DotA matches in YouTube after the ban believes otherwise.
 
“Para sa akin po hindi naman po nakakasama yung pag DodotA kasi parang ito na lang po yung libangan ko lang,” Quistadio said.
 
At least thirty computer shops were inspected by authorities in Barangay Salawang following the recent implementation of the ordinance. —Andrei Medina/NB, GMA News