DILG Memo: No names, pictures of government officials in billboards and signages of government programs, projects, and properties

Here’s a scanned copy of the memorandum issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). This is originally posted in the official website of Tacloban City government (www.tacloban.gov.ph) (accessed on July 25, 2012).

Have we forgotten that once upon a time newly elected President Noynoy Aquino directed all members of the Cabinet and other government instrumentalities to refrain from associating the President’s personality and identity in their programs and projects?

It looks like only few DILG offices enforce this memo. This must have been forgotten elsewhere but not in Tacloban City.

DILG Memo banning names or initials, images or pictures of government officials on gov't programs, projects and properties

This memorandum of DILG clearly stated that

the practice of putting up of billboards and signages and other information materials bearing the names, initials or pictures of government personalities on all government projects, and government properties (firetrucks, ambulances, vehicles) are hereby prohibited.

Until we see the results, this memo remains a useless paper. Even the President himself starts to forget that he once told the Filipino nation that epals have no place in his administration.

Even when the anti-epal bill (Senate Bill No. 1967) of Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is enacted, it will have no meaning if the Filipino nation continue to tolerate epals in this society.

Among the epals in the government I am watching is Joel Villanueva. But despite all criticisms, TESDA Director Joel Villanueva continue to justify his billboards and other ads. He is determined to his ambition to become senator and it seems President Aquino has no problem with. That’s the problem with Noynoy Aquino – he is inconsistent and he give special treatment to his men.

Third State of the Nation Address by President Nonoy Aquino (English translation)

Source: Official Gazette

(English translation) Benigno S. Aquino III, Third State of the Nation Address, July 23, 2012

State of the Nation Address of His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
To the Congress of the Philippines

[English translation of the speech delivered at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives, Batasan Pambansa Complex, Quezon City, on July 23, 2012]

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; Speaker Feliciano Belmonte; Vice President Jejomar Binay; former Presidents Fidel Valdez Ramos and Joseph Ejercito Estrada; eminent Justices of the Supreme Court; distinguished members of the diplomatic corps; honorable members of the House of Representatives and of the Senate; our leaders in local government; members of our Cabinet; uniformed officers of the military and of the police; my fellow public servants;

And to my Bosses, the Filipino people: a pleasant afternoon to all.

This is my third SONA. It wasn’t too long ago when we began to dream again; when, united, we chose the straight and righteous path; when we began to cast aside the culture of wang-wang, not only in our streets, but in every sector of society.

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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!

Principles of Corruption: Proven Ways to Steal Millions

Everyone hates corruption. Everyone wants to get rid off corrupt government. Everyone wants clean and transparent governance. So inspiring!

The collective effort to end corruption has long started but why do we keep on getting big news about big money involving big people which can be described in one word called corruption? So frustrating.

I also wonder how and why many of the Filipino people have seemed forgotten how issues of corruption and plunder that topple down former President Joseph Estrada. Millions of people even want him back to Malacanang. So disgusting.

After late President Ferdinand Marcos, I would say that our nation have better view of what corruption is and how it affect the lives of the people. I think that understanding help in inspiring people to form collective efforts that ended the presidency of Joseph Estrada.

Corruption is often a misunderstood word. Like culture, it is relative. What looks like corruption may be just a simple SOP or just a gift for someone.

Corruption can take many forms. Small cases of corruption can easily be understood but the parents of what we call small corruption cases are so complex to understand. Thanks to Sheila S. Coronel for allowing us to have good view on how crooks were able to steal public funds and able to hide stealing for a long period of time that the accumulated amount become unbelievable.

Sheila Coronel, former director of Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), wrote 8 Ways to Commit Grand Corruption in two parts.

8 Ways to Commit Grand Corruption (Part 1)
8 Ways to Commit Grand Corruption (Part 2)

I hope many of will be able to read it to learn and become vigilant. Of course not to replicate those grand corruption cases.

In one beer talk with friends, my sangkay (friend) pointed out that a government official who fails to disclose a big amount of money or asset not just betraying public trust but already guilty of corruption.

So in the long and heated discussion, I asked his take on President Noynoy Aquino’s P37-M excess campaign funds (source: PCIJ Blog) which he failed to declare. I was surprised that for him, it did not matter. Actually, the man is yellow fanatic.

So when we talk about corruption, sometimes it depends to who we are talking to.

One important message in the 8 Ways to Commit Grand Corruption is that no matter how grand the corruption was – it would still end up to court and jail.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima: No competence, integrity, high sense of independence to become Chief Justice

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima shows her true color. She is now making public her long concealed ambition. After doing her best to serve the interest of President Noynoy Aquino and least on the interest of the people, Leila de Lima now expect to become the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. I hope she reconsider and would put her strong lust for the position into shelves.

First, how could she become a Chief Justice when she herself did not respect the Supreme Court?

Second, did she bother to ask why the Commission on Appointments could not confirm her position as Justice Secretary? It boils down to competence and integrity and De Lima lacked that qualities.

Third, who told her that she had the qualities needed for a Chief Justice? Only Aquino, maybe.

The Chief Justice should have competence, integrity, high sense of independence to become Chief Justice, De Lima told. She felt that she has all the three.

I concur with the wisdom Manila Standard Today, “On these three measures alone, we are sorry to say, De Lima has proved grossly unqualified.”

On competence, Manila Standard Today, reminds us how former Commissioner Leila de Lima of Commission on Human Rights (CHR) handled the Maguindanao Massacre. Now that she become the Secretary of Justice, she did too little to Maguindanao Massacre but did much to prosecute the enemy of her boss, President Noynoy.

Working for the desire of the President and not to serve the nation is what make Justice Secretary Leila de Lima unqualified to the position of Chief Justice. Clearly, she has no integrity and sense of independence.

I hope the lady will reconsider her dreams of becoming the next Chief Justice. As Manila Standard puts it, “shameless self-promotion, naked ambition and a lust for position.”

I am afraid that if ever Leila de Lima become the Chief Justice, she would do nothing except to protect the interest of President Noynoy Aquino and his family.

I’m afraid when Chief Justice has no minds of his/her own and just rely on the words of his/her benefactor.