I recently liked the “Anti-Epal” Facebook community because I wholeheartedly back its cause: “Reclaiming public property from the clutches of traditional politicians. This page is a venue for the public to share photos of PUBLIC SERVANTS who’ve displayed their names or images in public places in furtherance of their careers.”
The Facebook page is full of user-submitted photos of “Epal” signs, or billboards put up by politicians to claim credit for a job they’re supposed to do. The Anti-Epal group even recently went around Parañaque city, “awarding” epal signs they encountered. Here are some photos from that campaign.
Now my question is: can’t we take the Anti-Epal movement further, and crowdsource it so to speak? What if you could download this photo (the logo of the Anti-Epal community)…
…lay it out on a sheet of sticker paper, and stick it on any epal sign you encounter? I’m sure there are suppliers of heavy-duty sticker paper here in the Philippines. Anyone can download the logo, print it out on stickers, and plaster them on signs without spending too much money. This precludes the need for organizing a whole-day event as what the community did in Parañaque. By letting people to act on their own, the fight against epal signs can become more comprehensive.
What about the legal implications? I’m not sure about that. I do know the late Jesse Robredo came out with a memorandum two years ago banning anti-epal signs. Would politicians, who are falling over themselves in honoring and praising Robredo, go after the anti-Epal stickers?