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They treat Ilo-ilo their house

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The bill­boards in the 5th con­gres­sional dis­trict, which Tu­pas rep­re­sents, have been tar­geted by anti-“epal” ad­vo­cates on the In­ter­net as an ex­am­ple of the at­ten­tion seek­ing or credit grab­bing of politi­cians. Epal is a slang for the Filipino term “ma­pa­pel,” or credit grab­bing, at­ten­tion seek­ing or scene steal­ing, es­pe­cially for gov­ern­ment projects and pro­grams. inquirer

His apparent support for his wife has triggered a publicized rift within the Tupas family, as some of his sibling are believed to be supporting his younger brother, Iloilo Vice Gov. Raul Tupas, to run for congressman in the 2016 elections. Critics found the billboards foul. “They treat Iloilo like their house. There’s a family picture,” said a critic in a post in Filipino on the Anti-Epal Facebook page. Inquirer

“They are now using family pictures. That’s too much,” another post said.Tupas dismissed the remarks. “I don’t want to stoop down to the critics who are obviously [political rivals]. I don’t want to comment further on that,” he told the INQUIRER. Inquirer

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