Anti-Epal Facebook page shames early campaigning

Posted at 06/12/12 6:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines - There's something unconscionable about politicians who campaign early for the elections by putting their names and pictures on posters, tarpaulins and public works projects.

The premature campaigning has prompted Transparency and Accountability Network executive director Vincent Lazatin to put up an "Anti-Epal" page on Facebook to stop the trend.

Speaking to ANC, Lazatin said he and many others are fed up with politicians who put up all sorts of signs greeting people a "Happy Fiesta" and other events.

He said the Anti-Epal campaign encourages people to take pictures of these signs and post it on the Anti-Epal Facebook page.

"I feel that people should start raising this issue and really start to call on politicians to get them to voluntarily remove their signs," he said.

Lazatin said the Anti-Epal page is meant to be a venue where people can share photos.

"Hopefully people can group together according to geographic area, meet together and take action, write letters to their politicians asking them to remove their signs or desist from further posting their pictures and names in different parts of the city," he said.

He said he expects to do the same thing in his own district.