#epalwatch Sen @alanpcayetano anti-corruption TV ad has been appearing on primetime. Who pays for these ads? What purpose does it serve?
#epalwatch- Niel Tupas’ face is everywhere in Northern Iloilo, every few hundred meters, at the entrance of every Barangay. via @bettyrome
Kung may #EpalAwards, eto ang Grand Slam Hall of Shame Lifetime Achievement Award. Pati mascot, di pinatawad. via @chilimedley….
“Dahil sa billboard na yan, papalitan na ang tawag sa award to The ER Ejercito Epal Award (Triple E)”
"Subok sa Serbisyo" Atty. Bong Suntay epal car. This was taken Jan. 9, 2014 along Wilson St., San Juan.
Continuing Updates: #YolandaPH #ReliefPH -
from Manuel L. Quezon III
From @nomoreepal admin: Pati relief goods for Bohol may pangalan o.
Not good. You’ve reached a new low, Mr Vice President.
Source: Anti-epal Facebook page
Faces of @presidenterap @iskomoreno at the signage of South Cemetery entrance -
"Being a Manila resident, I never knew until I saw this new glaring sign on my way to makati yesterday (10/12/2013) that south cemetary belonged to Manila. This was obviously timed for the coming All Saints and All Souls day. How kapal epal considering the crisis our country is experiencing regarding politicians misuse of funds. Plus the fact the faces plastered have pending cases as well." (mailed to us via Yvonne)
Relief goods from the Office of the Vice President @VPJojoBinay via Jesse Siason
Originally sent to Carlos Celdran in Facebook: I know your anti-epal campaign was mainly for the elections. But this is just too incredulous to ignore - such an opportunist, this Binay. My fellow Zamboangeños suffering from the armed conflict deserve so much better than a VP who 1) probably acted alone and had a confusing role during the conflict by announcing a ceasefire was in effect when this was inaccurate, and 2) donated ‘loot bags’ to the evacuees with his full name very nicely printed on all of them. The gall. Great if you can share, so people will not forget. We appreciate all help we can get. But not from opportunists.
Mayor Jun Binay tents taken June 22 at the Dasma Clubhouse. With “Serbisyong Binay” plastered on the sides.
By Che de los Reyes
Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
Political strategist Malou Tiquia has observed a consistent pattern in the 2010 presidential elections and the 2013 midterm elections.
"It would appear," she says, "that there is now a pre-campaign expenditure and a campaign proper expenditure."
Indeed, in the runup to the recently concluded polls, several candidates showed a penchant for spending on TV ads prior to the campaign period. In the three months preceding the start of the official campaign period, or from Nov. 11, 2012 to Feb. 11, 2013, the “advocacy” ad values of 14 senatorial candidates and two coalitions had already amounted to nearly P850 million, based on the network’s published rate cards, according to Nielsen data.
A friendly reminder to the newly elected officials and other government agencies.
via http://business.inquirer.net/107381/biz-buzz-4 (February 12, 2013)
On top of the shame campaign they have to endure in social media —“Epal” politicians now face tighter audit that will hopefully curb self-promotion at the expense of public funds. Invoking its exclusive authority to promulgate accounting and auditing rules, such as to weed out “irregular, unnecessary, excessive, extravagant or unconscionable” state expenditures, the Commission on Audit has mapped out an “anti-Epal” blueprint for the first time. Just in time for the mid-term elections this year and ahead of the 2016 presidential polls.
Based on COA Circular 2013-004 dated Jan. 30, 2013, all government agencies must list all ongoing government projects, programs and activities at the beginning of the year, including key details like project name, implementing unit, office or division, brief description, contractor or supplier (if any), mode of procurement, funding source, cost or approved budget, project duration including start and completion dates and location. But COA said publicity on these should be made “at least possible cost” and it even prescribed a maximum size for the materials (e.g. signboards must not exceed 3 feet x 2 feet).
Here’s the juicy part. The COA ruled that the display of the picture, image, motto, logo, color motif, initials or other symbolic or graphic representation associated with the top leadership of the project proponent or implementing agency on signboards is “considered unnecessary.” The same rule applies to members of Congress, executive officials or local officials where the project is implemented wholly or partially through any form of government fund transfers. The COA also ruled against the “unnecessary” display of publicity items on equipment, vehicles, wrappers, containers, tokens, souvenirs, calendars, ballpens, T-shirts or other apparel and other items.
The cost of the public notices can be charged against the project’s budget, provided such notices conform to the specifications. If not, COA chair Grace Tan said: “Ibalik nila pera (They should return the money).” The public can help uncover and report any violation of the circular to firstname.lastname@example.org. Doris C. Dumlao