Isko Moreno orders removal of politicians' names in Manila schools

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 9) — Manila Mayor Isko Moreno's cleanup drive has targeted names and faces of public officials displayed in schools.

"Pinabubura ko, pinatatanggal ko ultimo pangalan ko at pangalan ng mga politiko na naka-welding, nakapintura, nakakakabit sa mga eskwelahan," Moreno said in a media briefing Monday.

[Translation: I have ordered the removal of politicians' names, including mine, that are painted or hanging in schools.]

The mayor said he hopes the policy will be implemented "as soon as possible."

"The policy and order and request [were] made today, so reactions and compliance will come maybe, and [I'm] hoping in a few days," he added.

Moreno called on public officials to stop "politicizing schools" and leave "educational institutions to academicians."

"It is not our money, pera 'yan ng taumbayan kaya sabi ko sa kanila walang epal sa pader ng eskwelahan, walang epal sa mga basketball court, gymnasium na pinagawa ng mga politiko sa loob ng eswelahan," he said.

[Translation: It's the money of the people that's why I told them that "epal" are not allowed in the walls of schools, as well as basketball courts and gymnasiums inside the campuses.]

"Okay lang sana 'yung paminsan minsan na pagbati eh dahil may okasyon, diba maari mo pang i-tolerate, pero 'yung alam mo 'yung you're being immortalized buhay ka pa," he added.

[Translation: It's okay if it is done seldom because there are occasions, that can be tolerated. But to do it as if you're being immortalized even if you're still alive? That's can't be.]

The same policy, Moreno said, will be implemented in public hospitals and other government-owned facilities.

"As for today, sector by sector, so once we deal with certain sectors, we'll lay down the policy para isang beses lang ba na salitaan, para di tayo maguulit-ulit," he said.

The order is Moreno's latest move to revitalize Manila. Just recently, he ordered a cleanup drive in busy streets such as Divisoria, Blumentritt Avenue, and Carriedo.