EPALinis ang Pilipinas!

Ang bawat Pilipino dapat Anti-Epal! EPALinis ang Pilipinas!

EPALinis talaga kailangan diyan. Wala namang maidudulot na mabuti ang mga tarpaulin at istraktura na may mga pangalan at mukha ng mga pulitiko na yan. Mga nakaupo sa puwesto sa gobyerno kung gusto ninyo na maalala kayo ng kinasasakupan ninyo ay ayusin  ang trabaho para makinabang ang mga mamayan at hindi lang kayo.

Di yung puro kayo papogi sa tarpaulin. Yung pinangpapagawa nyo diyan ay ibigay nyo na lang sa mas nangangailangan…at saka pera ng taumbayan ang pinangpapagawa nyo pa dyan sa pampapapogi nyo..LINTEK!!!

Suportahan ang Anti-Epal drive para matauhan ang mga umaabuso sa pagpapapogi sa pamamagitan ng pag-Epal!!!

Let us reclaim public property from the clutches of traditional politicians. Government officials (elected and appointed), also known as public servants, should not be allowed to use public funds to display their name or image in public places and government-owned properties in furtherance of their careers.

Mahiya naman ang mga pulitiko sa kanilang makakapal na balat. Hay minsan kahit ako nagtataka talaga kung bakit ang kakapal talaga ng pagmumukha ng mga kapwa pinoy natin na “pulpolitiko”.

Mukha nila ay palaging nakabalandra sa kalsada. Hay naku naman, huwag sila dapat ganyan dahil ang sinasahod sa kanila ay pera ng taong bayan.

Sa ganang akin dapat siguro ang mga ganitong larawan ng ka-epalan ay dapat sa ibaba o mas mababa kung ilagay, nang sa gayon ay malaya tayong lagyan ng pangil, kapalan ang kilay at itiman ang mata. Yun lang po, your honor.

Ang may malaking kasalanan dito ay ang mga taong bayan na naghalal sa trapong epal. Sana man lang mahimasmasan at matauhan na tayo sa darating na eleksyon. Huwag magpadala sa pangako, salapi, at pambobolang pananalita ng mga politikong trapo. Kilatisin ng mabuti dahil sa huli taong bayan pa rin ang kawawa.

Suportado ko ang layunin ng anti-epal campaign. Nakakarimarim kasi na pati mga tolda sa mga burol, hanggang sa styro-cups ng kape sa mga lamayan, naka-epal pa rin ang mga KSPing opisyales na ito. Ako’y nakikiisa po sa laban sa mga epal!

People power truly rocks. Continue this anti-epal movement. I support it! Nakakasuka na kasi ang mga epal-iticians natin! Pakalat-kalat ang mga mukha, hmph!

May lakas ang taumbayan basta nasa lugar lang ang mga reklamo at expression! Change is possible!

WHAT EXACTLY IS EPAL?

Some of us have tried to define it, because while there are some very clear examples of “epal”, there are also some gray areas too. This is our attempt at defining it.

Definition: EPAL, adj:

Describing any public official who has his/her name/image on any public signage, public space, and/or public property, especially if it was paid for with public money; or one who has signage claiming credit for a particular project or program that was paid for by taxpayers; or anything that relates to such behavior. However, it is acceptable, though still highly discouraged, for the public servant responsible for the project or program to indicate (in lettering that is modest and much smaller that the announced project or program) his/her name and contact information for accountability purposes; provided that such name shall not be permanently printed, attached, engraved, or embossed on said project/program. But in no case shall the public servant’s image, likeness, caricature or picture be tolerated.

Epal activities include pre-campaigning. Pre-campaiging is when a reasonable and prudent person may construe or perceive an advertisement (print, radio, television, internet), public service announcement, sign, giveaway, promotional material or other marketing or public relations device as enticing the casual observer to consider the person appearing in such, for an elective position, or where the secondary purpose of the appearance is to promote an upcoming candidacy for political office. If such a person does in fact file a certificate of candidacy within reasonable time of the perceived pre-campaigning activity, then said candidate will be considered as having engaged in pre-campaigning.

Some say there is no such word as epal: “You just want an excuse to sensationalize a show, a propaganda, the acts of so-called activist comedians! To boost ratings! To make Juana  a comedian someday or to elevate Tado’s political career! At whose expense? At the expense of the reputation of people (the politicians) who painstakingly take so much effort in building theirs too. And that’s what makes it unfair. We live our lives! Live yours but not at others expense!”

What we say to this: “If they do indeed have a reputation, then they don’t need a tarp to advertise it! Their reputation (bad or good) would be enough to speak for themselves.”

Others would comment: “Men making outlandish claims may be contemptible, but it’s neither recent nor a phenomenon unique to the Philippines. We’re deluding ourselves if we believe the normative solution to the size of government is proper placement, correct font size, and appropriate typeface of posters.”

We reply: ” Para walang away, huwag na lang maglagay ng mukha at pangalan ng pulitiko sa tarp, billboard, at anumang pag-aari ng gobyerno. Tapos ang usapan sa font-tang nang yan!”

It’s probably apt to refer to epal as a noun, to give it more weight. (i.e. isa kang epal!). Maybe we can expand the definition to include other printed materials that need not be placed on public property, like t-shirts, bags, stickers, etc…. and streamers made by “friends and supporters of” that one still makes him an epal.

If only this kind of campaign was thought of decades ago, hindi sana umabuso ang mga pulitiko at mga nag-aambisyong maging pulitiko. Hindi pa naman huli. Napapanahon na muli itong long overdue campaign lalo na at nalalapit na muli ang eleksyon sa 2013.

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