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Bawal ang epal! Chiz’s ma wants politikos’ names out of gov’t projects

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A P1-million fine and possible disqualification from public office await politikos who like putting their names and photos on government projects funded by public money if the bill filed by Sorsogon Rep. Evelina Escudero becomes a law.

House Bill 2918 prohibits politikos from including their names or any identifying features to be included in government projects. The only exception are prominent figures determined by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) in accordance with the law.

Covered by the measure are government officials who are either appointed or elected to their posts and whose office is given the authority, privilege or right to identify, administer, implement, coordinate or propose a government project.

A penalty of one-year imprisonment and a fine ranging from P100,000 to P1 million shall be imposed on any person violating the measure. The determination of the amount of fine imposed depends on the amount of the government project concerned.

A second violation will subject the offender to imprisonment and absolute perpetual disqualification to hold office.

In seeking the bill’s passage, Escudero noted that it has been politikos’ traditional practice to put their names on government projects ranging from waiting sheds to trash bins.

She said the practice allows politikos to campaign prematurely the entire year, “while at the same time projecting a false and inflated sense of accomplishment to their constituency.”

She said government projects must be stripped off politikos’ names “in the interest of objectivity to the public” since it’s their money being spent for these endeavors.