Government property do not remove. Mere possession of this sign is punishable by law. MMDA.
That is the note lining the bottom edge of this enormous tarpaulin sheet that I have seen in at least three places along EDSA. The one above is on an MRT pillar adjacent to the turnoff to the Fort Bonifacio. I have seen another one on an MRT pillar at the intersection of Ortigas Avenue and EDSA, visible if you’re southbound. The third one is at another MRT Pillar in Pasay, just before hitting the Taft Avenue MRT stop.
(Update as of:
- March 4 2008, I spotted two more of these banners back to back on the pink wire Pahayagan ng MMDA at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and EDSA, on the MOA-bound side.
- March 6 2008: Another banner on the tallest MRT post at the Buendia MRT station.
- March 10 2008: Another blogger, Makoyskie, has spotted a banner at IPI Pasig, and has also posted his ideas on the subject.
- March 11 2008: Two more banners, back to back on the tallest posts on the flyover from Tramo to EDSA.
- March 13 2008: An additional banner between the one at Buendia/Edsa and EDSA to the fork going to Fort Bonifacio, making that three banners in quick succession that the motorist sees along that short stretch)
- March 19 2008: Now that I have had the chance to traverse EDSA from end to end I realize that the Bayani Fernando banners have multiplied like mushrooms after a lightning storm. There are even smaller versions of it now (what, they’ve run out of tarp?) which have been hung on the smaller posts in between the big ones.
First time I saw it was on the 25th February, during the rally by the EDSA Shrine. Bayani BF Fernando, Big Brother-like as in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four. At first I thought the gigantic poster of billboard proportions was the idea of an overzealous supporter. But the “Government property” note at the bottom edge clearly states that the money for these self-serving banners came out of taxpayers’ pockets.
The ethics of plastering one’s likeness on public edifices at the expense of public funds seem insignificant compared to the scandals rocking the government today. But this is a man that some groups are pushing to be the next president of the Philippines. The banners themselves are proof that the man is serious about 2010, and serious about using taxpayers money towards furthering his personal goals. If the banners aren’t warning enough, I don’t know what is.
Note that a majority of the MMDA’s pink metal plate signs carry his signature BF initials. This only shows that Bayani Fernando is a typical politician, one that stamps his initials on government funded projects as if the money came from his own pocket. Yes, other politicians do the same thing. So what makes Bayani Fernando any different from the next Congressman Pulpol or Senator Trapo?
His horn-tooters may start leaving comments on this blog (again) and sending unsolicited email to my various email accounts, touting the many virtues of Bayani BF Fernando. Then again, maybe not. I am but an insignificant non-voting spec in the horizon that Bayani BF Fernando is eyeing. So like any insignificant speck I am going to let an authority speak for me.
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