Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – President NoyNoy Aquino signed an executive order today making it illegal for Filipinos and tourists to sleep under coconut trees. It is a favorite pastime especially during the dry summer months.
The new law is expected to impact millions who live or vacation in coastal areas in this country of more than 7,000 islands.
Executive order 7011 was issued in response to a recently-released study by Greenpeace Philippines which found that there are ten times more people who die each year from falling coconuts than from shark attacks. The study was released in time for shark week which began Sunday.
Violation of the the new law carries a fine of 1,000 pesos for the first offense and 5 days in jail for each subsequent offense.
Non-Filipino tourists will be immediately deported with the first violation.