The names, faces of some Laguna, Rizal officials are seen on coffee bags, tarps, a free taho stand

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Names and faces of local officials have been spotted on free coffee bags, a taho stall and tarpaulins.

Some social media users posted photos of these posts bearing prominent images of officials from the municipalities of Montalban and Taytay in Rizal and Biñan in Laguna.

A Facebook user posted a 3-in-1 coffee bag on September 12 with the image and name of the mayor of Montalban, Tom Hernandez.

The user joked with laughing emojis: “Tsaka nyo na po kami yabangan pag si mayor na yung dahilan kung bakit kayo bumabangon sa araw araw.”

At the time of writing, the Facebook post has garnered 9,300 reactions and 8,500 shares.

This photo eventually reached a Facebook page called Bantay Epal. It monitors ‘epal’ politicians or those who self-promote in programs, projects and other initiatives funded by taxpayer money.

Another Facebook page also posted a photo of a taho booth with an enlarged face and the name of another named politician. Arky manning, president of Sangguniang Kabataan in Taytay, Rizal.

He was captured during a free taho event held last April, in which the official distributed 200 free cups of taho to residents of Sitio Batasin 1, Floodway A, San Juan in Taytay.

Another photo from the event was posted on his official Facebook page.

“Nakapamahagi po tayo ng 200 cups of taho ngayong umaga. Taho has maraming bitamina and minerals tulad ng protein, pampalakas ng ating katawan and resistensya,” reads part of his post.

Last week, a Reddit user posted a photo of a tarp in Biñan, Laguna with the faces and names of City Councilor Liza Lopez Cardeño and her son and Chief of Staff Raffy Lopez Cardeño.

Their full names and faces have been removed.

Some users of the discussion section noted that it is best not to suppress or obscure the identity of government officials to hold them accountable.

Others, meanwhile, lamented the anti-political dynasty bill still pending in Congress.

“You can’t expect Senators / Congressmen to stop something that benefits them. A political anti-dynasty bill is really only an interim measure. These clans would always find ways to play with the system, ”said one user.

Last week, the priest and creator of TikTok, Fr. Fiel Pareja, along with other users, also called out some local politicians in the city of Malabon for a tarp that featured their enlarged photos in their supposed greeting for the Blessed Virgin Mary’s birthday.

READ: Malabon rulers called for Mama Mary’s birthday greeting tarp with their faces and names

In contrast to this, some Filipinos who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Marikina said they received gifts without prominent logos and photos from their local officials.

READ: No spale? Why freebies for Marikina COVID-19 vaccine recipients are gaining traction online

Government officials are prohibited from self-promoting acts such as putting their photos and names on government funded projects and programs under the Red tape authority (ARTA), the anti-epale provision or general provision 82 of the adopted 2021 national budget.

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