Close  

Netizens vs ‘pampams’

/ 05:41 AM June 12, 2015
Proudly Filipino, an anti-epal T-shirt is worn by this brave young man. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/pambansang.com

Proudly Filipino, an anti-epal T-shirt is worn by this brave young man. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/pambansang.com

The National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) is set to launch a campaign, through social media, against politicians engaged in premature campaigning.

In its Facebook page, Namfrel said it has created a separate Facebook account called “Eleksyon 2016 Pampams” where netizens can post pictures and videos of politicians engaged in self-promotion or the campaign materials of the offending politicians.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Pampam” is derived from the Filipino papansin, which means attention-seeker.

The group said all videos and photos contributed by netizens will go through a verification system to ensure that all information that will be posted on the page are true and accurate.

FEATURED STORIES

“Epal” is a play on the words mapapel—Filipino slang for a scene stealer or an attention seeker—and kapal, someone who is thick-skinned.

Earlier, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Andres Bautista urged civil society and poll watchdog groups to be more active against “premature” campaigning by directing the public’s attention to the practices of these epal candidates.

Bautista said the Comelec needed help in this aspect since there is no law prohibiting potential candidates from premature self-promotion.

Jurisprudence, particularly the landmark decision of the Supreme Court in the Peñera v Comelec case in 2009, has also virtually erased the concept of premature image-building and self-promotion as an election offense, he said.

But election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said that while there is no law that would punish an aspiring candidate for engaging in premature campaigning a year before the 2016 balloting, the public can still hold them accountable.–Tina G. Santos

ADVERTISEMENT

See the bigger picture with the Inquirer's live in-depth coverage of the election here https://inq.ph/Election2019

TOPICS: “epal”, elections, Namfrel, netizens, pampam, politicians, premature campaigns, Social Media
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.