Drive bares the most ‘epal’ of them all


TASK Force Baklas in action MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Who’s the most epal of them all?

In Quezon City, where the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority recently began tearing down promotional materials put up in the streets by politicians running in the May elections, a total of 383 streamers were confiscated in just one day.

The number was mere crumbs compared to what awaits MMDA’s Task Force Baklas Billboards in the rest of the metropolis.

The campaign enforces the Commission on Elections’ directive against illegal campaign materials. It initially targets national roads, but Wednesday’s operations in Quezon City marked the first time it covered secondary roads in the capital.

After its opening run in QC’s First District, the task force showed the Inquirer a list of local politicians whose faces appeared in most of the streamers confiscated.

High on the list were Fermin Bilaos (76 streamers); Boy Calalay (67); Vincent Crisologo (33); Victor Ferrer Jr. (26); and Joseph Juico (23).

The other personalities on the list were Alex Herrera (22 streamers); Linda Madrilejo (22); Bernadette Herrera-Dy (21); RJ Belmonte (12); Von Yalong (8); and Dorothy and Elizabeth Delarmente (7).

So-called epal politicians who use all sorts of excuses and occasions to put up streamers and posters in the streets have been the subject of media and Internet bashing since last year. Epal is Filipino slang for someone who is mapapel or an attention grabber.

MMDA special operations chief Ed Lara said the task force also serves as a cleanup drive to rid the streets of potential hazards.

He cited streamers attached to electric cables and lampposts, or those that have rocks serving as weights to keep the streamers from rolling or folding out of place in the wind. Lara also recalled instances where the rocks fell and hit the windshield of passing cars.

Lara said the task force started in Quezon City’s District 1 at the request of Mayor Herbert Bautista.

He noted that some streamers in the area were put up to greet the people on their fiesta—a week before the feast day.

“In my opinion, it’s acceptable for officials to post greetings, but perhaps a day before the occasion,” Lara said, adding that the task force received  positive feedback from the residents and motorists who saw the streamers being removed.

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  • ApoLapullapu

    Lamang ang mga incumbents dahil kilala na sila;  Pigilan ang mga bagong makapagpakilala.  Iyan ang taktika nga dating abogado ng LP..  Magaling.  Ngunit halata.

  • zeroko

    Lagot ka bistek. Niyari mo ang mga Councilors mo. Bakit, ikaw nga, binaha mo ng EPAL ang Q.C. Hall, bakit, iba ka ba sa mga Councilors mong magnanakao? Bukas, I will submit my Complaint Affidavit against you at the Office of the Ombudsman. The charges are violation of Malversation law. Ang ibig sabihin, ginamit mo ang pera ng tax payers sa EPAL mo sa Q.C. Hall. Ibabato ko sa iyo pag nagtagpo tayo sa “open forum” ng mga Mayors dito sa Q.C. Pati ba ang mga Independent candidates katulad ko, binabaliwala mo?. Me hindi ka manlang nagsalita sa mga kumakalat na tsismis tungkol sa 3 independent Mayor Candidates dito sa Q.C. Sabi nila, wala ka raw kalaban. He he he! Antay ka lang…..

    Sige, huag ka mangampanya dahil sabi ng mga galamay mo, wala ka raw kalaban. He he he. Nakuha ko na any sympatiya ng mga taga Barangay San Rafael sa Agham Road, sa NIA road at Tatalon. Di ka nila i-boboto dahil anti-squatter ka raw.  Sabi nila, sila ang naglukluk sa iyo kaya ka nanalo bilang Mayor, tapos ayaw mo silang tulungan? Ang Business Sector, galit din sa iyo dahil sa taas ng buwis sa Mayor’s Permit. He he he. Ilan lang ang galamay mo, ang mga Barangay Council at ang mga employee na City Hall, Ha ha ha! Burado ka na sa May 2013. Ang mga Belmonte political dynasty, talo rin!.

    • Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      bakit? how many educated businessmen or owners are registered voters? they will be outvoted by the lazy, indolent mendicants who have all the time in the world to register and be fooled. voter education. 

  • Jimmy

    Hwag iboto ang mga epal na ayn…!

  • june

    the most “epal” politician in quezon city – if not the entire country- is rep winnie castelo of the 2nd district.  he proclaimed himself -of course via tarpaulin – of being a WORKING COGRESSMAN, but one may ask, Working for what and for whom as the poor people of his district will discover rep castelo is working for the creation of a mega dynasty in qc where his wife (precious hipolito castelo) is a councilor, a niece (jessica daza) also a councilor, a brother (bobby) is vying for a council seat in 6th district, a nephew (karla castelo) is also vying for a council seat in 5th district, and a nephew in law (alan robes who was indicted for homicide for killing the partner of former rep nanette castelo daza who happens to be winnie’s sister n robes’ mother in law), if this is not dynasty then I don’t know .  winnie castelo is the ultimate epal and trapo as he deceptively declared himself as supposed kampeon ng palupa, kampeon ng patubig, kampeon ng edukasyon, and what not. shame on you winnie

  • Marcos5

    Don’t vote for members of political dynasties Throw Epal in the Grabage- that’s where they belong.

    Epals = Basura !

  • Ritchie Tiongson

    Let us not forget the greater epals out there: The local government officials, particularly MAYORS, who smear their initials and names over works that are supposed to be part and parcel of humble service to their constituents. I don’t see why I should vote for politicos who are so insecure about their deeds that they need to spread their back-patting, self-congratulatory symbols all over our cities and barangays. Last I checked, “Pasig City” doesn’t start with an E.

  • tony

    Candidates who put campaign streamers and posters that do not conform so stipulated rules are called EPALS. Voters who still vote for these EPALS inspite of their clear transgressions are call KUPALS. And places who elect EPALS should all be called BARANGAY KUPAL!

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