Memo To: President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo – the obobs parade on the presidential jet that got away
Memo To: President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo,
i hope mrs. president you will not mind us taking a different format on this memo. we are changing the format to be able to put across the point we wish to make — your staff once again made you step on shit and yes, the obobs parade goes on.
we are quoting here the headline news that PDI carried today.
Under fire for expensive dinners in New York and Washington, D.C., President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has decided to forgo plans to purchase a new presidential jet to the tune of P1.2 billion.
“I’m formally announcing that the President has ordered the cancellation of the purchase of a presidential jet,” Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said at his weekly media forum aired on the government-run Radyo ng Bayan.
Malacañang abandoned the planned purchase only two days after it announced that the Office of the President had set aside P1.2 billion for a “factory-new,” twin-engine, pressurized aircraft for Ms Arroyo’s .
The Office of the President’s bids and awards committee came out with a newspaper advertisement containing such specifications.
1. mrs. president – don’t your staff talk to each other? is there no approval process in place? are your staff not trained to think at all?
it looked like to me the head of the Office Of The President’s bids and awards committee who released the print ad for the purchase of the jet does not think at all. it’s either that or this person has not been reading the newspapers or watching tv for the last 5 to 7 days.
the P1 Million dinner in NY have been headlines for each of the last few days. there is a raging issue, in fact scandal around and it runs smack into the planned purchase of a presidential jet.
i find it quite elementary and its no brain surgery that you might want to put on hold the release of the ad for the purchase a billion peso jet for your use. the person might not have the power to decide on his own but it’s commonsensical that he should re-clear the release of the ad.
Remonde said the President “doesn’t want people to say that she was putting her needs ahead, although come to think of it, it’s her successor who would benefit from it.”
2. geez, it is once again the words of this cerge remomde dude. first, he could have phrased that statement better. with the wording of the statement, remonde actually gave the press and the people the very bullets they can shoot at you.
did he have to say “ doesn’t want people to say that she was putting her needs ahead“??? adding that thought into the statement forces people to consider the idea when it could have been possible they did not think of it that way.
come to think of it, the fact that the purchase of a jet was decided on and an ad was actually released for it actually says you are putting your needs ahead of the people. cancelling the order it does not erase it.
he could have just said something like “given the budget considerations and other matters, the president has decided to cancel the purchase of the jet”. end of press briefing.
communication 101 says – don’t give your audience the knives they will stab your heart with.
3. what is the point of this – “although come to think of it, it’s her successor who would benefit from it“. what did he intend to achieve in adding that?
are we supposed to feel sorry for your successor? does it make you a better president?
or is it a lame-ass attempt to make you look magnanimous to your successor in some twisted logic?
with that statement does remonde expect the people to beg you to continue the purchase of a new jet for the sake of your successor?
to be honest, it is really difficult to figure out what he intends to achieve in adding that thought into the statement.
“This is the second time that the President has ordered [the purchase’s] cancellation even if this [buying a new aircraft] has long been recommended by the Presidential Airlift Wing several times,” Remonde said.
4. saying that it is the second time that you cancelled such an order also says this is the second time that you approved to make such an order.
this is a major purchase of your office given the price of more than a billion pesos. people who work under you will not process something to a point of making an order unless you have approved it. that is just the way things are done in an organization.
again, the fact that an ad was released says you gave it approval. it just does not make sense that they will release an ad if it did not have your approval first.
mrs. president, i don’t know about you, but this remonde dude gave the people knives to stab you with, confirmed you put your interest over others and narrated you make bad decisions.
once again, mrs. president the obobs parade is here.