Epal free? There’s a way! A looooot of ways!

 A saying says: “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” Indeed, this is true to our esteemed politicians who have utmost fondness in seeing their names and faces on almost every street corners across their districts or towns.

If one politician wants to show his very photogenic face or wants everybody to know his name, all he needs to do is call a person who knows how to do stuff on MS Paint or if there’s more funds, get a graphic artist, photographer, then do some photo shoot, layout here and there and put every greeting possible, print it in a very durable tarpaulin which can withstand even the rage of “Ondoy”. Then hang or post it anywhere so the public can see it. Voila! Instant advertisement, with free greetings. Happy Fiesta! Happy Halloween! Happy Graduation Day! Happy Birthday! Happy First Communion! Happy Sectional Blocking! Happy Checkpoint. Please slow down. Happy Free Circumcision. (Okay, the last two are exaggerations.) See, if a politician wants to use public’s funds to showcase his name and face, he can. There’s a way. In fact, there are loooooots of ways.

On the other hand, if a politician wants to just serve the public without any buzz and grandstanding (which EVERY public servant MUST voluntarily do), he absolutely can. There’s also a way. In fact, there’s a loooot of ways too.

Let me cite one example. I won’t be hiding his name because I was totally impressed on his receptiveness as a public official to his constituents’ feedback.

I am residing near Parang Elementary School in Marikina City, my place is just a few blocks away. Two years ago, a construction started for a new 3-storey building inside the school. After a few weeks, I huge green tarpaulin was posted beside it, the poster says: “Proposed New ‘Q’ 3-Storey Building.” with the politician’s smiling photogenic face which covers half the size of the tarpaulin. If my memory serves me right, that was the only thing posted there, no details on the budget, source of funds, date construction started, estimated completion date, approval of gov’t agencies or whatsoever. When I first saw it, I instantly said to myself: “Ang epal naman nito.” As a taxpaying citizen, I hate ‘epal’ politicians. I commend the fact that having a new school building is indeed a noble project and the end result will surely benefit the students. But by having a huge poster there with nothing but a smiling face and hailing it as early as ‘Q’ building, claiming it as his own puts the politician’s intention of public service questionable. Did he really propose that project to help the students or to just make his self-advertisement free and justifiable? See, these questions can linger in people’s minds. Hence, putting the politician’s integrity at risk.

 As a self-proclaimed blogger, critic, or just simply an online ‘pakielamero’, I tweeted about some of his ‘epalism’. Surprisingly, he was able to read some of my tweets and acknowledged my concern.

Anyways, last 2012 during the early months, for some unknown reason, the construction halted and it just resumed late last year. Fast forward today, the construction is still on going and to my surprise, I saw the following: 


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Epal free! Isn’t it? As far as the politician’s epalism is concerned this is undoubtedly impressive!  See, if a politician wants his project to be free from any touch of epalism, it can be done! This is a great example. Trust me, the posters were not like these two years ago. Good job to the 2nd district representative of Marikina City, Cong. Miro Quimbo. Not only he is an RH Law advocate, he is now a non-epal politician and is being a 100% real public servant. Yes, being an epal can make you less of a public servant.

I have another issue. I am absolutely sure that the building’s construction started early 2011, so how come the date above shows that it just started November 2012? Maybe there were some issues before that’s why the construction was stopped for a long time.

Nevertheless, I cannot be more proud of my Congressman. I hope he can influence the representative of the 1st district of Marikina City to do the same.

We give credit to whom the credit is due. And now, I’m giving the credit to Cong. Miro Quimbo for taking a leap forward in being a public servant all the way in practicing servant leadership. You’re no longer a politician sir, and that makes a big difference.

I expect some people to criticize this blog entry for I know for a fact that it’s not well-written. Blog was published without proofreading. 


All Time Favorite Story Jokes

Teacher: “Children, tomorrow I’d like you to give me an example of a development that is currently being built near your home and what are the advantages of this new development.”At the end of the class, the teacher asks that all the little girls remain behind for 5 minutes.
Teacher: “Young ladies, I have received numerous complaints from your parents concerning Little Johnny’s’ crude remarks. It is very likely that for tomorrow he is going to say something dirty and that is why I am asking you all, to avoid any further problems, when he says anything that appears rude, to get up and leave the class room”Everybody agreed to this plan.
Next day, teacher: “Is everybody ready with their assignment? Go ahead Anna”
Anna: “Near my home, a supermarket is being built. Now my mommy doesn’t have to walk so far to get bread and milk.”
Teacher: “Very good Anna! Yes Koosie!”
Koosie: “Near my home, they are building a furniture factory. My daddy is a carpenter and this permits him to work near home”
Teacher: “Excellent, thank you Koosie!”At this point, little Johnny’s hand shoots up and the teacher asks:”Oh heavens, tell me Johnny what new development is being built near your home.”
Little Johnny: “Near my home, they are building a huge brothel”
As all the young ladies get up and proceed to leave, Little Johnny says,”Hold it, you little whores, it hasn’t opened yet!”

An Illiterate Father wid his educated son wnt on a cmping trp,dey setup deir tent & fell aslep.
Sum hours later,Father wakes his Son & asks:Luk up to d sky & tel me wat u C?
Son:I C milions of stars.
Fathr:& wat does dat tel u?
Son:Astronomicaly, it tels dat dere r milions of galxies & planets..
Father remains silnt 4 momnt thn saz:Idiot, sum1 has stoln R tent!
MORAL: Eduction ruins your comon sense….:)

The famous Lucas Carton restaurant in Paris with his girlfriend and orders the 1928 Mouton. The waiter returns with a bottle full of wine, pours a small amount in the glass for tasting. The customer picks up the glass, smells the wine, and puts it down on the table with a thud.

“This is not the 1928 Mouton.”

The waiter assures him it is, and soon there are another twenty people surrounding the table, including the chef and the manager trying to convince the man that the wine is the 1928 Mouton.

Finally someone asks him how he knows that it is not the 1928 Mouton.

“My name is Phillipe de Rothschild, and I make the wine.”

Finally, the original waiter steps forward and admits that he poured the Clerc Milon 1928.

“I could not bear to part with our last bottle of 1928 Mouton. You know Clerc Milon, it is in the same village as Mouton, you pick the grapes at the same time, the same cepage, you crush in the same way, you put them into similar barrels. You bottle at the same time, you even use eggs from the same chickens to fine them. The wines are the same, except for a small matter of geographic location.”

Rothschild beckons the waiter forward, and whispers to him, “When you return home tonight, ask your girlfriend to remove her underwear. Put one finger in one opening, another finger in the other, then smell both the fingers. You will understand what difference a small distance in geographic location makes.”

This guy goes and buys himself a new motorcycle. The dealer gives him a lil tip “when it rains put some vasiline on the leather seat 2 keep it from cracking” he says.

Dat nite the guy was going to meet his girls parents for the 1st time. As he pulls up to the house he is greeted by his girlfriend who tells him “One thing I forgot to tell u is my parents are a lil weird. Its fine to talk during dinner but when we are done the 1st person 2 talk has 2 do the dishes”. The guy thinks this is easy enough to do so he walks in.

Dinner is going great food is good and they are having a wonderful convo. Now dinner is over and they make there way to da family room where everyone sits without a word.

They guy says to himself I can just sit here starring at everyone. I have 2 talk but I’m not trying 2 do da dishes.

He looks at his girl and starts making out wit her in front her parents… Noone says anything… He takes off all her clothes… No1 says n anything… He fucks her in front of everyone… But no 1 says anything…

“Shit what can I do now” he says… He looks at his girls mother n starts making out wit her… No1 says n e thing… He takes off all her clothes… No1 says n e thing… He fucks her in front of every1… But no 1 says n e thing…

“You got 2 be kidding me” he says… “What da hell can I do?”

Just then he looks out the window n sees its starting 2 rain. He remembers what the dealer told him about da leather seat and goes into his bag and pulls out the vasiline…

The father jumps up and shouts “FUCK NO!!!… I’LL DO DA DISHES!!!l

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