Bulacan councilor draws ire for posting 'degrading' tarp on community pantry

Published May 5, 2021, 9:51 AM

by Joseph Pedrajas

A barangay councilor in Bulacan has drawn the ire of residents after displaying a tarpaulin that allegedly disrespects and degrades women in a community pantry he supposedly organized in the province.

Marbin Garcia of Barangay Maysantol was criticized on social media after displaying in his community pantry a tarpaulin which said: “Kumuha ng ayon sa laki ng suso (Get according to your breast’s size).” The tarpaulin also bears the face of YouTube vlogger Toni Fowler.

Marbin Garcia FB page

In Facebook group Community Pantry PH, several netizens, including Ian Rodriguez, called out the councilor.

“Is there any way we can contact the organizer? This needs to be called out for three reasons: 1. Degrading women, 2. The other banner with an imposing statement, 3. He is a public servant,” Rodriguez said.

Ros Fajardo added: “They’re probably trying to replicate the wittiness of the hugot signages. Epic fail.”

“Wag ganoon. Pwede pa namang maging unique sa ibang paraan (Don’t do this. There are other ways to be unique),” Joy Agarrado also said.

“It’s not funny!… He needs to take down his body shaming slogan. Not very inclusive and very disrespectful of women,” a certain Dncl Xstie added.

Photos taken from the community pantry, including one showing the controversial tarpaulin, were posted on Garcia’s Facebook account.

While there were those who called him out, others praised and congratulated him for his initiative.

Some also wished they have Garcia in their community as he offered a wide variety of food, including vegetables, chickens, eggs, instant noodles, canned goods and several condiments.

Aside from the alleged degrading tarpaulin, there is also a signage which said: “Kumuha ng tama. Huwag gawing collection items ang mga gulay (Get what you need. Don’t make our vegetables your collection items).”

Manila Bulletin sought Garcia for his comment regarding the tarpaulin and the people’s reaction. He has yet to respond.