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Box of Vitamin C imprinted with photo and name of a politician drew flak in social media

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A vitamin C product distributed as part of a relief package in Bulacan province drew criticism for bearing the governor’s photo and its name.

Arshie Larga, a pharmacist and viral content creator, shared a photo of the box, which featured the face and name of Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando on its packaging. The box stated that it contains ten 500 milligram Ascorbic Acid tablets (Vitamin C).

The photo first circulated online on January 14, when a Reddit user posted a picture of the Vitamin C box on the online forum r/Philippines.

Arshie took to Twitter to make a remark about the product’s labeling requirements.

“Eto na ba ang bagong labeling requirement para sa gamot? Nabago na pala 🙃,” Arshie wrote.

According to Article 77 of the Consumer Act of the Philippines, or Republic Act 7394, names and photos of politicians are not included in the minimum labeling requirements.

Netizens chastised the governor for emblazoning his name and face on the packaging of vitamins, which were included in the government’s relief package.

“Pati ba naman gamot may picture pa ng politico? Di naman pera nila ang pinapambili. Ang kakapal talaga,” a Twitter user replied to Arshie’s post.

“Yung pondong pinangprint nya ng mga mukha nya jan, ipinambili nalang sana ng additional units ng Vitamin C. What a waste of money!” another user said.

Some netizens defended Fernando. “Mga tao nga naman, ikaw na nga tumutulong, pero minamasama pa, sobrang active at mahusay na governor yan sa Bulacan,” one Twitter user wrote.

Another user bemoaned the lack of legislation prohibiting government officials from promoting themselves in government-funded projects and properties.

“Sana magkaron ng batas na bawal maglagay ng pangalan/mukha ng poltician kung pondo ng bayan ang ginamit sa proyekto/produkto.”

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