House Speaker Sonny Belmonte defends "epal" lawmakers, says it’s OK for them to put up billboards

He says sometimes it’s a necessity to be so.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer's Leila Salaverria reports that House Speaker Feliciano "Sonny Belmonte Jr. cautioned people against judging politicians as "epal" when they put up street signs announcing the projects they have funded.


According to the report, Belmonte said several politicians' habit of posting billboards and tarpaulins announcing their projects "is a necessity" because their constituents need to know where public funds have been used. "Epal or not, it's better for people to know where you put your money," he said.


The speaker added that for him, an epal politician is one who puts his name "on a project or projects where he has no involvement at all." The Filipino slang, which originally referred to someone who unnecessarily butts into a conversation, has since been associated by the public in recent years with politicians who love to take credit for various projects.


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