'Walang epal': Isko Moreno orders politicians' names removed from schools
MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Isko Moreno directed all public schools in the capital city on Tuesday, July 9, to take down the names of politicians on school property.
"Walang epal sa pader ng eskuwelahan. Walang epal sa mga basketball court, gymnasium na 'pinagawa ng mga pulitiko sa loob ng eskuwelahan. Bawal ang epal. Tigilan na natin 'yan," Moreno told reporters in a press conference on Tuesday.
Moreno announced his new order after meeting with the Manila City School Board earlier on Tuesday morning. The mayor said school officials agreed to start clearing operations immediately.
Moreno said the order covers all public elementary schools and high schools. He wants to see results "in the next few days." (READ: 'Wala nang mayor na natutulog sa Maynila' – Isko Moreno)
"Don't immortalize yourselves.... Huwag natin pulitikahin ang ating mga paaralan (Let's not politicize our schools). Let's leave politics to politicians, and our educational institutions to academicians," the Manila mayor said.
After schools, Moreno said he plans to implement the order in public hospitals as well.
He added, "Lahat ng mga naglalagay na pulitiko ng kanilang mga pangalan as if you are immortalizing yourself or as if it is your money, that is not your money. Pera 'yan ng taumbayan."
(All politicians who place your names as if you're immortalizing yourself or as if it is your money, that is not your money. That's the people's money.) – Rappler.com