Malacañang backs Sen. Miriam Santiago’s "anti-epal" bill

Interaksyon.com reports that Malacañang is supporting Senate Bill 1967-formally titled "An Act Prohibiting Public Officers from Claiming Credit through Signage Announcing a Public Works Project"-filed by Senator Miriam Santiago. The bill, which bans politicians from taking credit for projects built with public funds, is also known as the "Anti-Epal Bill."

Interaksyon.com reports that Malacañang is supporting Senate Bill 1967-formally titled "An Act Prohibiting Public Officers from Claiming Credit through Signage Announcing a Public Works Project"-filed by Senator Miriam Santiago. The bill, which bans politicians from taking credit for projects built with public funds, is now more popularly known as the "Anti-Epal Bill."

"We welcome that initiative of Senator Santiago. President Benigno Aquino III has the same policy. He does not want his photos placed in billboards of government projects," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

Santiago slammed public officials who have no business claiming credit for projects funded by taxpayers’ money." As such, the bill prescribes a jail term of between six months and one year on a public official who would have his or her name or image printed on a "signage announcing a proposed or ongoing public works project."

According to the report, "The prohibition also applies to existing government projects that are undergoing maintenance or rehabilitation. The bill only allows signs that bear the name, image, or logo of the local or national government agency handling the project."

 

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