Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Green urinals good for Teodoro bid–Palace

January 06, 2010 02:36:00
TJ Burgonio
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Original Story: http://politics.inquirer.net/view.php?db=1&article=20100106-245756

MANILA, Philippines—Green urinals may be just what Gibo needs to prop up his popularity.

Malacañang is eager to embrace a project of the Metro Manila Development Authority to install green-painted urinals, since green is the campaign motif of administration standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro.

“Well, you know green is not a bad color. Green is pleasing to the eye...easy on the eyes. You know it evokes the environment, ecology, conservation,” said presidential economic spokesperson Gary Olivar in a briefing.

Olivar said the Executive Department wouldn’t mind if the urinals would have a positive effect on the campaign of Teodoro, who has yet to climb out of the bottom of poll surveys a year after declaring his presidential plan.

“Well, if that is the unintended but positive consequence of the decision being made, then we should probably be appreciative of that consequence happening,” he said.

The MMDA, under its new chair Oscar Inocentes, is undertaking a project to regreen the metropolis with ornamental plants and green-painted urinals, according to reports.

These are in stark contrast to the pink urinals and fences popularized by his predecessor, Bayani Fernando, who bolted the ruling coalition after losing the nomination to Teodoro. He is running for vice president under another party.

Olivar said that if Teodoro and Inocentes have the same color preference, “then it would be an unexpected plus for the administration party.”

He said the public should not make an issue out of it, and if anybody had a complaint about it, he or she should bring it up with Inocentes.

Original Story: http://politics.inquirer.net/view.php?db=1&article=20100106-245756

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