READ: Pacquiao Wants ‘Epal’ Oficials To Stay Out Of Government Signages

August 04, 2017

Senator Manny Pacquiao wants to penalize “epal” politicians using government projects to promote themselves with imprisonment and a fine of up to P1 million.

An act prohibiting incumbent government officials to name government projects after them or other persons whose name or identity may in any manner be associated with the said officials and/or from claiming credit through signage announcing a public works project.

"Although these projects go to the government are their offices, the truth remains that they are funded by tax imposed on citizen peoples. In public terms these public officials are Referred to as 'apple' or credit grabbers and looking for attention-seekers, Pacquiao said

“This unethical practice has led the public to believe that the projects named before the incumbent government officials are indeed sponsored by them, thus tolerating said officials to prematurely campaign for reelection and cultivate a culture of political patronage,” he added.

Pacquio said the bill would "assist the right, integrity, and transparency to promote good public service governance

The bill additionally mandates the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), in coordination with the department of interior and local Governtment (DILG) and the Metro Manila development Authority (MMDA), to eliminate all existing signage announcing a proposed, ongoing, or present public works challenge within 3 months after the effectivity of the proposal.

The penalty of 1-year imprisonment and a fine of P100,000 to P1 million shall be imposed upon any man or woman who violates the proposal. On his or her second violation, the offender may also be subjected to absolute perpetual disqualification to hold office

similar proposals banning Government projects to be named after public officials have also been filed via Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and JV Ejercito. both proposals are pending with the Senate committee on public works.



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