Online petition to name typhoons after corrupt politicians gains traction

REMINDER OF CORRUPTION. An online petition wants typhoons named after corrupt politicians to remind us of their offense. LeAnne Jazul/Rappler file photo

An online petition is asking the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) to name storms after corrupt public officials. The petition comes after news of a “pork barrel scam” – the misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of senators and congressmen – made headlines. Online user Ismael Tomelden of Marikina City started a petition at entitled “Pagasa: Start Naming Typhoons After Corrupt Politicians and Grafters.” There are more than 1,100 people who have signed the online petition. Tomelden aims to collect a total of 1,500 signatures. If Pagasa would heed the request, Tomelden hopes that it would be “a constant reminder of how our hard-earned money has been stolen or misspent by corrupt politicians.”

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