Santiago on ‘epal’ politicians: People are sick and tired of your faces

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

SENATOR Miriam Defensor Santiago on Thursday appealed to her colleagues to pass her proposed "anti-epal" bill, saying the public are "sick and tired" of the faces of the so-called "epal" politicians.

"The people are sick and tired of their faces. If they want to see their faces in the morning, they should wash their face and look into the mirror. They can look as long as they want but they should not inflict their faces into the public," Santiago told reporters.

"I don't want a person staring at me early in the morning. Especially if I don't particularly like the person. Or the features of the face. If it's a picture of Jennifer Lawrence, for example, then that might help to start my day on a beautiful note. Otherwise I just want to spit on that person. Please stop putting your ugly mugs on these billboards," the feisty senator added.

Senate Bill 54 or the Anti-Signage of Public Works Act seeks to curb the practice of public officials of claiming credit for public works projects funded by the people's money.

It is pending with the Senate committee of civil service and government reorganization chaired by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

"We're one of very few countries who are at liberty to put our faces and other features of identity on public places. Sa tagalog, nakakahiya. Kaya dapat bigyan na natin ng pansin ang anti epal bill," Santiago said.

Under Santiago's proposal, affixing the name or image of any public official to a signage on a proposed or existing public works project shall be prohibited.

Santiago said her colleagues in Congress should listen to the sentiments of the voting public, especially those who have access to social media.

"I hope they would take into consideration the sentiments of netizens and social media. Social media is now so powerful in politics that politicians must now perk up and pay attention," she said. (Sunnex)

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