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Story behind Mar Roxas’ Memes as Boy Tasa and Gripo

As DILG Secretary, Mar helped initiate the Salintubig program.

455 municipalities nationwide have been identified by NAPC (National Anti-Poverty Commission) as waterless areas that are having households with access to safe water of less 50% only.


As a result, diarrhea and other waterborne diseases still rank among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the Philippines. The incidence rate for these diseases is high as 1,997 per 100,000 population while mortality rate is 6.7 per 100,000 populations.

The Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat Program (SALINTUBIG) is one of the government’s main actions in addressing the plight of Filipino households in such areas.

Mar Roxas visited locations where the Salintubig program was implemented. And in one photo he’s seen drinking water from a faucet with his hands. But this photo was maliciously edited to compliment the Boy Tasa meme. Instead of drinking from his hands, a plate is “photoshopped” into the image as if he was drinking from plate.

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