Pacquiao files Anti-Epal bill against public officials, P1-M fine

Senator Manny Pacquiao filed a bill wanting to penalize the “self-promoting or credit-grabbing” or "epal" public officials and will have to pay up to P1 millionon Tuesday.


In the bill it stated, “Over the years, elected or appointed public officials have been either appending their names on signage of public works and various government activities or label such projects after their names."

Senate Bill No. 1535 or "Anti-epal law" seeks to prohibit incumbent public officials from naming government projects after them.

The bill will have P100,000 to P1 million fine and one year imprisonment for any person who would violate the provisions of the measure.

“Although these government projects are facilitated by their office, the fact remains that these are funded by the tax levied from Filipino people. In colloquial term, these public officials are referred to as ‘epal’ or credit-grabbers and attention seekers,” Pacquiao said.

Pacquaio wanted to eliminated those unethical practice that whenever an official made a projects they automatically credit it to themselves.

“This bill seeks to uphold the honesty, integrity, and transparency to foster good governance in public service,” he said.

Also, he cited that these wrongdoing are tolerating the officials to 'prematurely campaign for reelection and cultivate a culture of political patronage.'

This unethical practice has led the public to believe that the projects named before the incumbent government officials are indeed sponsored by them, thus tolerating said officials to prematurely campaign for reelection and cultivate a culture of political patronage,”

The same proposal, late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero and JV Ejercito also filed banning government projects to be named after public officials.


Source: GMA, Inquirer

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