Lito Lapid wants billboards in either English or Filipino, says signs in other foreign languages alienate Pinoys

Sen. Lito Lapid filed a bill on Tuesday that seeks to require signs, signboards and billboards to be written in Filipino or English, reports "If written in a foreign language other than English, (they) shall bear (the) corresponding Filipino or English translation," Senate Bill 2639 reads.

Lapid noted the proliferation of restaurants and specialty shops in the Philippines that cater to foreigners. However, Lapid said Filipinos are "left to wonder" what these places’ signs in foreign languages mean. "In effect, we are being alienated in our very own country."

The Senator added, "It is incumbent upon the State to instill and maintain a sense of nationalism among dwellers... We, as Filipinos, should never be subjected to the alienation and seclusion that we are experiencing due to this phenomenon."

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