Who funds the tarps, billboards, TV ads of TESDA Director Joel Villanueva?

The “who” question was asked by Business Mirror columnist Ed Javier. In his Firebrand column, he asked a curious question, “Who’s funding Joel Villanueva’s ads?

In his Counterpoint column in Manila Standard Today, Alvin Capino pointed out Joel Villanueva’s violation should the anti-epal bill (Senate Bill No. 1967 or An Act Prohibiting Public Offers from Claiming Credit through Signage Announcing a Public Works Project) of Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago is enacted.

The tarps, billboards, TV ads, among others of Joel Villanueva are his way to get popular as election 2013 comes close – way of an epal. Let us be reminded that the desire of Joel Villanueva to become senator is no longer private. No less than President Noynoy Aquino is grooming TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva in his earlier speeches. I suspect that the tarps, billboards, TV ads of Villanueva have blessings from President Noynoy. Remember that Villanueva is tailing in the surveys?

I feel pity to the former anti-graft crusader, Joel Villanueva. He is like the defeated senatorial candidate Prospero Pichay. I could see the doomed day of Villanueva if he continue his shameless self promotion. It’s a shame because his predecessor in TESDA was doing the same.

How much TESDA money was spent for those annoying tarps, billboards, TV ads?

In his Twitter account (@secjoelv), Sec. Joel Villanueva, assured that he is not using public funds. I quote:

& again reiterate we’re NOT spending govt money to print tarps, billbrds & produce tv ad. They’r all donors & sponsors they can easily check

But how can we check? Villanueva has not provided names. But why should people donate for Joel Villanueva? Why can’t we see the same for DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro? The answer is simple. Joel Villanueva will run for senator while Brother Armin Luistro has not hinted that he will go beyond being a cabinet member.

So why many people, businessmen, politician, among others are spending a lot of money to show off the face of Joel Villanueva? It is because they are expecting returns when Villanueva got elected. I am pretty sure Villanueva will repay them through favors.

Many of us insist that Sec. Villanueva should reveal his donors, and so he answered in his Twitter account:

Too many to mention all of them. In fact most of those who printed tarps diko kilala except politicians like gov umali, congs alcala, garcia

Would we expect that the hearts of those politicians really bleed and they help Villanueva without returns? Whoa!

Why should Sec. Joel Villanueva allow such donations to flow in? Isn’t it shameful to show off one’s face? In fairness to Joel Villanueva, he’s good looking but it is already sickening to see his face anywhere. Besides, people cannot be fooled that such are not for politics.

To pacify us, Sec. Villanueva appeal to his supporters:

To our supporters & sponsors please identify yourselves by putting a big “DONATED BY” please please 🙂 Thank you po..

Why should such donors don’t identify themselves? Maybe they are druglords, or gamblers and they are using drug money and gambling money to put up Villanueva’s ads. Isn’t that scary?

I would like to ask Sec. Joel Villanueva if he is not alarmed with such anonymous donations at the time he is made known that he has ambition to become senator.

A piece of unsolicited advice to Joel Villanueva. Epal or shameless promotion of oneself is a known ways and strategies of trapos and crooks; likewise, saying that what he got are gifts and donations are the tricks of the crooks. Would we believe crooks?

Save your name, Mr. Secretary Joel Villanueva!

12 thoughts on “Who funds the tarps, billboards, TV ads of TESDA Director Joel Villanueva?

    • The question is, why only for Joel Villanueva? I think, we all know the answer – because Villanueva will run for Senator. The businessmen who funded it most likely will ask favors when Villanueva will be elected. If the ambition of Villanueva to become senator remained private at this time, there would be no suspicion. Villanueva is like Prospero Pichay. He may put his faces all over the country but people already learned a lesson and would not vote him for doing the deeds of the crooks.

      Villanueva should save his name.

      • why only on Villanueva? well maybe they believe in him.,we can really never tell if they have an ulterior motive but for now it’s clear that TESDA’S funds weren’t used unlike some trapos. And if you compare the tarps of the Trapos vs Villanueva’s, malayo. His’ promotes the agency’s advocacy, programs without claiming any credits for himself. There is no need to save his name, well if he is really clean.

    • He is still epal. See initial definition that were suggested to us by netizens> http://epalwatch.tumblr.com/post/27082662575/what-is-epal-epalwatch

      Epal activities include pre-campaigning. Pre-campaiging is when a reasonable and prudent person may construe or perceive an advertisement (print, radio, television, internet), public service announcement, sign, giveaway, promotional material or other marketing or public relations device as enticing the casual observer to consider the person appearing in such, for an elective position, or where the secondary purpose of the appearance is to promote an upcoming candidacy for political office.

      • @Amaterasu: What article do you mean? But there was one (not you) who posted a link in his comment. If it was you then, why don’t you use the same name? Same IP?

  1. Using of public funds is not the only issue here. Let’s face it, we are getting close to “campaign funds” – what they are doing are early promotion. I think Villanueva and the people behind them are already determined that Villanueva must run for the Senate but he tailed on surveys. So, one way of promoting Villanueva is by ads. Prospero Pichay did it and failed. If Villanueva is not using public funds, then he MUST stop using TESDA to fuel his ambition to become senator.

    Agency’s advocacy? Okay, I praise him for that, but not his face please. Can we not promote TESDA without his name and face? Yes we can. Like we promote “It’s more fun in the Philippines” without the face of the secretary of Tourism.

    You said, “without claiming any credits for himself” but why put his face and name if he is not claiming credits? Funny but the President himself do not want epals allow Villanueva to become epal. In my humble opinion, Villanueva tops on the list of epals in the cabinet. I’m sorry to tell that but Villanueva must be aware that he’s on top of that list which put him to the tail of the surveys.

    Sen. Santiago was elected not because she posted her faces elsewhere, it was because people knew she has competence. If Villanueva has competence, then he don’t need to promote his face.

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  3. kala nio naman makapag react kayo, may nagawa kayo sa bayan? puro kayo dada, wala naman kayong ginagawa, problema sa mga pilipino puro mali ang hinahanap, di tignan ang magagandang nagawa, oo pulitiko yang mga yan, totoo kurakot silang lahat! kayo mga kabayan, ano bang bagawa nio sa bayan? magturo ng magturo kung sino may kasalanan? i think its time para ikaw sa sarili mo, kumilos ka para sa bayan! im not even for villanueva, pero kasi lagi na lang ganito, laging sinasabi trapo, mali, kurakot, common fellas! grow up! kung ikaw di makatiis sa kanilang ¨way of governance, aba eh di makiaalam ka. tamang observation lang po from OFWs na katulad ko. tama na ang batuhan ng baho, walang malinis, walang perpekto. magtulungan na lang!

    • Magandang araw Mr. Observer! Salamat sa pagbahagi ng inyong opinyon.

      Sa tanong mong, may nagawa ba ako sa bayan, ang sagot ko ay oo. Malaki ang nagagawa namin – nagbabayad ng tamang buwis, humihingi kami ng resibo, hindi kami naglalagay. Hindi kami nanlalamang sa kapwa at higit sa lahat, mahal namin ang bansa natin. Tulad mo, meron din kaming nagagawa. At higit sa lahat, binoboto namin ang kwalipikado at yung hindi trapo.

      Pero hindi kami napapagod na maki-alam sa mga nangyayari sa bayan. Hindi namin kaya na lalong dumami ang mga trapo. At hindi kami basta tumahimik lang dahil naniniwala kami ang ang sambayanang may alam ay may patutunguhan.

      Sa mga tulad ko na pinupuna si Villanueva ay hindi naman puro na lang dada at walang ginagawa. Kung tutuusin ito’y isang paraan para lalong mapaunlad ang ating bayan. Ito din ang nagpapatibay na buhay ang malayang pagpapahayag sa bansa natin.

      Sinabi mo, “tama na ang batuhan ng baho, walang malinis, walang perpekto. magtulungan na lang!” pero nakakatulong ba ang pananahimik? Nakakaunlad ba ang pagsawalang-bahala? Wala.

      Kaya ang pagtutulungan ay di ibig sabihin na mahahimik lamang tayo. Maki-alam. Magtanong. Magpalitan ng kuro-kuro. Maging mapanuri at mapagmatyag.

      Huwag nating hayaang tuluyan maging trapo si Joel Villanueva.

  4. Yan ang hirap sa ating mga Pilipino. Puro mali ang pinapansin. Kaya hindi tayo umuunlad eh, punong-puno tayo ng CRABMENTALITY…. Hanga ako sa ugali ng mga JAPANESE, despite sa nangyari sa kanila… mayroon silang DISIPLINA… Eh tayong mga pinoy, kung umasta eh kala kung sino na…. Sang-ayon ako sa mga bagay na sinasabi mo Ginoong Nonoy pero sana naman ang bawat opinyon na ilalagay sa KOLUMN na ito ay yung NEUTRAL lamang at may nilalamang tamang impormasyon, dumaan sa maayos na pagsusuri at may ebidensyang magpapatunay…

    http://manilastandardtoday.com/www2/2012/07/14/villanueva-backers-defend-political-ads/?fb_ref=wp

    • Hello Gene,
      Ito ay blog at ang nakalagay dito ay opinyon ko. Tama ang impormasyon dito na may maraming epal na billboards si Villanueva. Kaya nga tinatanong ko kung sino ang gumastos nito. Sinagot naman na mga negosyante. Ngayon ang tanong sinu-sinu sila? At bakit nila kailangang gawan ng billboards si Villanueva? Marahil dahil tatakbo si Villanueva. At ngayon, dapat sinusuri natin ang mga gumagastos para mapanalo ang isang kakandidato. Dyan kasi nagsimula ang pabor at corruption.

      Hindi ito crab mentality, ito ay nagpapatunay na hindi lahat ng Filipino ang nabulag-bulagan at sunod sunuran lamang.

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