WATCH: Finance Secretary Purisima does ice bucket challenge

Posted at 08/27/14 10:37 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima gamely accepted the ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) ice bucket challenge, which he says is for a "good cause."

In a video posted on Telly, Purisima said he accepted the challenge issued by AIM president Dr. Steve DeKrey and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas.

"The ALS ice bucket challenge is for a good cause. I intend to do two buckets, one for each nomination," he said.

Wearing a LaSalle jersey and shorts, Purisima poured two buckets of water filled with ice over his head.

He nominated six people for the ice bucket challenge, namely Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando Tetangco, Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras, Bureau of Customs Commissioner Sunny Sevilla, Jollibee founder Tony Tan Caktiong, former Red Ribbon owner Romy Mercado and BDO Unibank chairperson Tessie Sy-Coson.

"I hope she accepts this," Purisima said of Sy-Coson.

Purisima said he will also donate to the cause.

Purisima is the latest government official who participated in the ice bucket challenge. On Tuesday, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Bureau of Internal Revenue chief Kim Henares accepted the ice bucket challenge.

The ALS Association is behind the ice bucket challenge. The challenge has been taken up by celebrities, political and business figures all over the world, raising over $70 million since July 29.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells and pathways in the brain and spinal cord, which eventually leads to paralysis.