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!