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‘Anti-epal’ bill tackled by Senate

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Senators on Tuesday started formal deliberations on the “anti-epal” bill and agreed to expand the measure to include politicians and public officials who put their names and images on donated police cars, ambulances and fire trucks.

But members of the committee on civil service and government reorganization could not agree on whether violators should be penalized.

Senator Antonio Trillanes, committee chairman, floated the idea of removing the penal provisions in Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s Senate Bill No. 1967, also known as the “anti-epal” measure.

“I believe that at some point, this practice will go away without having to penalize anyone,” he said during the first hearing his committee conducted on the bill.

But Senators Panfilo Lacson and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III opposed Trillanes’ proposal.

“I would like to express my strong reservations against removing the penal provisions… because it would become implementable,” Lacson said.

Change in behavior

Pimentel said the measure would not lead to a “change in behavior” of erring public officials if they would not be penalized.

SB 1967 provides for a jail term of between six months and one year on a public official who grabs credit over a public works project by including his or her name or image on the signage.

Trillanes said his committee would still conduct further studies on the penal provisions, warning that warring politicians might take advantage of them later on.

“We have to scrutinize the penal provisions because (the issue) is quite tricky,” he said. “Political opponents might take advantage of (the law). They’ll just put up a signage with your face on it so that you would be the one to be charged.”

During the hearing, senators expressed reservations on how the bill would be implemented should it be enacted into law.

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., a former congressman and governor of Ilocos Norte, suggested that the measure should provide protection to local law enforcement officers, who might be tapped to implement it.

“It would be very difficult for the local police to tear down the signage. We probably have to give them some kind of special protection… and support if they are going to go against their local masters,” he said.

In some cases, a “signage costs more than the actual project,”  the senator noted.


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  • Anonymous

    Does Senator Trillanes have a distorted understanding and mind about the law to even suggest to remove the penal provisions of this bill? How do you ever implement a law without teeth?  You might be in dreamland, Sen. Trillanes. I agree also with the other senators to provide a provision to protect the implementers of this bill. It will really court the ire of many corrupt officials who are so calloused in promoting themselves.

    • http://twitter.com/soul_jacker Mugen

      “We have to scrutinize the penal provisions because (the issue) is quite tricky,” he said. “Political opponents might take advantage of (the law). They’ll just put up a signage with your face on it so that you would be the one to be charged.”
      But this issue needs to be addressed beforehand. :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4FYV4TMFFYK5JVC7KLCKSGHZEI shanesrd

    ano??? magpapaskel ng signage na kasama ang mukha  o pangalan ng isang politiko ang kalaban nito??? e di ba may mga kaukulang reglamentos diyan at proseso bago mapayagang ikabit ang isang signange???

    TRAPONG-TRAPO ang reaksyon ni trillanes… haizzz…

    • http://twitter.com/ShilohRuthie Belinda Belle

      Hahaha. 
      Right.

  • Anonymous

    Nakakawalang gana naman ito si Trillanes. Kala ko ba magaling ito’ng taong ito.Kung wala naman penalty di kabit na lang ng kabit ng signage. Bago naman siguro mapuna at mahalata nakapaskel na sa isip ng mga tao na sa kanya (politiko) nga ang proyekto. Pag may umangal, saka tatanggalin pero the signage has already served its purpose. Sana isama na rin nila sa prohibition ang mga greetings tulad ng “happy fiesta”, “happy birthday” “happy anniversary” “merry christmas” at kung ano-ano pang pagbati at malalaking mukha ng pulitiko at pangalan ang nakapaskel. Lalo na sa mga fiesta ng bayan at barangay, napaka rampant ang welcome signs tulad ng “welcome Cong. Kurakot! from: Mayor Kurakotdin and the Municipal Officials” Halos lahat ng bayan sa Iloilo gumagawa nito. Sen. Santiago, sama mo na ito pls!

    • http://twitter.com/ShilohRuthie Belinda Belle

      Hahaha. I like that Mang Dolphy. 
      The practice really sucks!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E7SFPQFWHHEAJ4IZKPD7OYJXVM Jabba

    trillanes lead a mutiny that destroyed careers of many outstanding soldiers but because of idiot voters, nakaupo pa ngayon sa senado at naghahasik ng katangahan. let’s vote out this imbescile in the next election.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E7SFPQFWHHEAJ4IZKPD7OYJXVM Jabba

    si binay nangunguna sa ka-epalan via posters and tarpaulin. tatamaan ng husto si negrong binay (pero babaero ha) kapag naging batas ang anti-epal bill na ito ni brenda.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VKJ2VQO3R6XTR4DFNWY6WOFLXE Pixel

    kawawa naman si photoshop queen ng Sampaloc Manila pag nagkataon :D Kapal kasi ng mga mukha eh parang utang na loob pa natin sa kanina yung mga proyekto nila na buwis ng mamamayan ang ginagamit. 

  • Anonymous

    Try doing that in Mandaluyong where Benhur Abalos & Neptali Gonzales’ face is everywhere.  Lahat ng kanto meron kang makikitang bakla na nakapose as if they funded the project.  May we remind you garbage politicians that it is your JOB to provide these projects to us taxpayers.  You do not have to announce to the world “Another project of Benhur Abalos & neptali Gonzales”. Next time, people of Mandaluyong should burn those tarpaulins with their face on it.

  • Anonymous

    One suggestion: let the offending government pay the bill for removing the advertisements. Deduct it from his salary if he is not willing to voluntarily pay it. Hit him where it hurts. That should teach these shameless jerks.

  • PnoyMePagasa

    lahat ng government vehicles donated man o binili galing sa kaban ng bayan ay wala dapat pangalan o mukha ng politiko kundi ang opisina na kanilang kinakatawan at may malaking “FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY”. maraming politiko naghihirap na nga ang mga Pilipino ang mga sasakyang issued ng gobyerno ay mga mamahaling sasakyan pa. obserbasyon lang po ito sa lalawigan ng Rizal. 

  • http://twitter.com/MarLouWang Marlou Wang

    Kulang talaga sa disiplina… kapag sinabing bawal… BAWAL TALAGA!! at wala nang polisya na makikialam… ang penalty 10 taon kulong at saka 1 million pesos… tingnan natin kung may mag-eepal pa diyan!

  • Anonymous

    For us to even think that a law like this is needed shows that politicoans and government officials  really have no “delicadeza” left in their bones. And yet sila pa rin ang binoboto at pinaniniwalaan ng karamihan. We really deserve the kind of government that we have now.

  • http://twitter.com/ShilohRuthie Belinda Belle

    Sad reality. 
    Since when have we lost our delicadeza?
    We have lost our scruples as a people.
    It sucks!

  • http://twitter.com/ShilohRuthie Belinda Belle

    Sad reality. Since when have we lost our delicadeza?We have lost our scruples as a people.It sucks!

  • Anonymous

    maniwala akong mapapatupad yan….nagsasayang na naman kayo ng oras. that will never be implemented. eh yung anti-gambling nga eh, pumunta ka sa mga kanto, may nag-to tongits, poker, …yung huhuli………….may taya.

  • Anonymous

    Pakapalan lang ng mukha yan. I have a good tem for such practices; ‘praise release” hindi press release.
    Epal talaga mga law makers natin pati ito gusto may batas. Hindi pa puwede pag usapan na lang nila yan amongst themseleves to practice some delikadeza, but knowing majority of these “epals” hindi puwede paki usap lang.

    • Anonymous

      pakiusap?hello, sa dami ng makkapal na mukha na pulitiko asa ka na mdadaan sila dun?
      di magtatanda yang mga yan kung hindi nyo ile-legislate. kung ang pagnanakaw nga sa kaban ng bayan e ipinagbabawal sa batas pero sinusuway ng mga pulitiko, yun pa kayang pagkakabit ng signages na wala namang batas na nagbabawal?isip-isip muna tayo bago magsalita ng tungkol sa delikadeza. We should put merit on this legislation. kailangan natin ‘to

  • Anonymous

    ““I believe that at some point, this practice will go away without having to penalize anyone,” he [Trillanes] said during the first hearing his committee conducted on the bill.”
    Let me just ask Mr. Trillanes, you were penalized because of heading an uprising against the government before right? But did the practice of staging coup d’ etat go away? Did your co-soldiers learn from your experience? Come on! We all know that the answer to these questions is a resounding NO!

    This only goes to show that even with penalty, wrongdoings still perpetuate in the communities. What more if there are no penalties? Chaos for sure will find its place in the communities.

    • Anonymous

      i
      think Trillanes’ statement was taken out of context to make him look stupid or
      kontrabida to this piece of legislation. i went to Senate yesterday to attend
      the hearing regarding this matter because i find it interesting and necessary.
      I think the discussion was very substantial. The issue on penal provision was raised by
      MMDA, saying that it’s too harsh and so the senators gave out their opinions –
      some are for it, and some say it should be watered down. As chairman of the
      committee discussing the bill, I think it’s Sen. Trillanes’ task to process the
      inputs given by the participants, which he did. His statement, which is quoted
      in this article, was said in good faith. Parang di yan yung buong sinabi ni
      Trilanes.   He even said that the proposal will still be
      studied and will be discussed under the technical working group. Let’s not be
      ignorant of the legislative process – we have a democratic process. Dadaan pa
      yan sa madameng hearings para kunin ang opinion ng iba’t-ibang stakeholders.

       

      Mainstream  media nga naman aanggulohan at aanggulohan ang
      mga pangyayari bumenta lang ang istorya. Nasan ang responsible
      journalism? 

       

    • Anonymous

      Sa tingin ko ay isang kahangalan na ikumpara ang ginawa nila trillanes sa oakwood at ang pagppost ng mga signages. Ang mga na ito ay nasa magkabilaang dulo ng spectrum

  • Anonymous

    “We have to scrutinize the penal provisions because (the issue) is quite
    tricky,” he said. “Political opponents might take advantage of (the
    law). They’ll just put up a signage with your face on it so that you
    would be the one to be charged.”’

    makes sense..  pero violations without penalty? anong sense nun? kung ganyan din lang,  isulat nyo na lang sa tubig yang bill na yan.. nag aaksaya lang kayo ng papel..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NL2DFHD7QWI66GKHY2S74Q535U Marife Bautista

      tingin ko naman kasi once na pagtatanggalin na yung mga signages na yan, syempre mananawa nadin mga pulitikos diba, kaya nya siguro nasabi yun.. 

      • Anonymous

         IMO, maybe there are some provisions that needs to tone down first..

  • Anonymous

    Yung sabi ni Trillanes na, “I believe that at some point, this practice will go away without having to penalize anyone,” sa tingin ko nasabi nya yun with good intentions in mind. Kasi nga naman kung kabit ng kabit yang mga politikong yan ng mga signages na may mukha nila at alis din lang ng alis ang mga kinauukulan nito, mapapagod din ang mga politikong ‘to. Tsaka sa tingin ko, dahil first hearing pa lang naman, hindi pa conclusive yung mga napag-usapan but rather just a venue to exchange ideas on how to best address the issue. So lahat ng pwedeng anggulo, iniexplore bago magcome up with final solution :) 

  • Anonymous

    im really up to this bill. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_X367KBSTAKY6TWRQTWZ2PZMPGU Michael Molina

    sana maipasa ito. magandang senyales na ang pagdinig ng panukalang batas na ito ng komite ng senado sa pangunguna ni senador trillanes. nagsisimula pa lang ito, at ibig sabihin may pag-usad na, di gaya noong mga nakaraang mga taon na wala man lang gumagalaw sa anti-epal bill na ito. so kayong mga epalogs, tumino-tino na kayo!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_X6SQ5WFJC55NPJFGV7MBGWOV4Y Jennica

    oh my! this is indeed a positive thing! guys, why so mean about this? ka-windang! kung tayo-tayo mismo mag-eepalan, walang mangyayari. change should start sa atin mismo. about time na to basura lahat ng uri at lebel ng kaepalan sa mundo.. hurray to the senators giving attention to this proposed measure! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EJR2HYCXOB3T2STYQHPPSSAWDI Makabayang

    funny reading the comments. i find it amusing na kailangan i-connect talaga ang oakwood sa lahat ng ginagawa ni trillanes. i mean, come on, we should be sticking to the issues at hand only. kasi naman lahat nalang kinokonek kaya walang nangyayari eh.

    in fairness, trillanes did a great job here. i mean diba, hindi naman porket he floated the idea na darating din ang araw na mawawala na yang mga signages na yan eh masama agad. ang nakuha ko dito, trillanes thought na yung mga politikos eh magtitino din naman in the future kasi diba eeffort kang maglagay ng muka at pangalan mo, at the end of the day eh tatanggalin din naman pala.

    secondly, his idea manifested na tunay ngang walang delicadeza ang mga pinoy. kailangan pang maparusahan para lang hindi gawin ang isang nakakahiyang bagay. wala pa tayong natural sense ng masama ito, okay to, nakakahiya ito and other things.

    this lead us na teka nga muna, yung mga taong nilagay naman natin sa pwesto eh tayo din ang dahilan ah. so kung gusto natin ng pagbabago, tayo din noh magkaroon ng disiplina sa pagboto, at syempre sa sarili mismo natin.

    i rest my case.



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