Online voting to ban politicians’ names in billboards

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Online pressure might just work to get two bills on this issue approved

MANILA, Philippines – Are you one of those tempted to bring down billboards that carry the names of politicians who take credit for building your roads and bridges?

If you are, there’s therapy for you – online.

You may vote for the approval of a House bill that bans public officials from taking credit for government-funded projects in the form of screaming billboards and other forms of public announcements.

On his Twitter account on Wednesday, Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño (@teddycasino) asked Filipinos to visit this site  and vote for the approval of House Bill 2309, which expands the planned prohibition to include spouses and relatives of public officials up to the 4th degree.

The bill says”it is immoral and unethical for any incumbent official to name government properties, services or programs, financed as these are by taxpayers’ money, after himself/herself or his/her immediate relatives.” It adds: “Such an act indicates that the public official is soliciting fame and glory in order to perpetuate oneself or one’s family in power at the expense of government resources.”

Filed by Casiño and Rep. Neli Colmenares, also of Bayan Muna, the bill is a counterpart to an earlier measure proposed by Sen. Miriam Santiago (Senate Bill 1967). –

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