why we care about gloria macapagal arroyo’s breasts, errr breast implants
many things have been said about the flashing revelation that president gloria macapagal arroyo has breasts breast implants. here are a few: “the fake president with fake breasts”; “no sex, just lies, and nor video tape on arroyo’s breasts breast implants”; “ah, so that is why there is a bounce in her walk”, “shake it, shake it”.
but here a few that tries to answer why we care so much about this topic:
As I See It
Arroyo always presents a false front
By Neal Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:58:00 07/06/2009
Filipino gossips have suddenly ceased talking about Hayden Kho and his sex videos and shifted to the breast implants of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. “What’s wrong with the President having had breast implants?” Press Secretary Cerge Remonde asked a day after denying Arroyo had such a breast implant.
Answer: Nothing. So why did Malacañang have to lie about it initially?
The issue is not that Arroyo had a breast implant but that they have to lie about such a simple matter. If you will recall, the Palace announced that the President checked into the Asian Hospital for self-quarantine after arriving from another of her innumerable trips abroad. Yun pala, it was to have a “leaking breast implant” and a lump in the groin looked into. And a day after that report came out, Remonde was all over the media denying it, even showing photographs of a flat-chested Arroyo in a bikini and asking: “Does that look like she had a breast implant?” Before the day was over, a red-faced Remonde had to make an about-face when the Palace itself, realizing that hospitals and clinics have medical records, admitted that, yes, Arroyo had breast implants about 20 years ago.
Poor Remonde. It was not his fault that he was caught telling a lie. The Office of the President told him that the implant yarn was false. The President had lied even to her own press secretary.
Remonde’s plight reminds me of a similar plight of then-Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye during the “Hello Garci” scandal. Bunye had triumphantly appeared on television with tapes of the conversation between Arroyo and Garci and said they were “fake.” Only they were genuine and Bunye was forced to present again another set of tapes. That is the trouble with telling lies; you are caught in the web of your own lies.
But telling lies is common practice in Arroyo’s Malacañang. Remember when she promised she would not run for President again but then not only ran again but also stole the election from Fernando Poe Jr.? Lying is par for the course in Malacañang. Because, as we have seen, the occupant always wants to put up a false front.
Caught lying, but still secretive about health
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc Updated July 06, 2009 12:00 AM
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was caught lying as usual. That is the to-do over the true cause of her recent hospitalization. Spokesmen’s obfuscating can’t distract public disgust with her habitual fibbing.
In checking in at the hospital Wednesday dawn, Arroyo made it look like she was self-quarantining upon arrival from abroad. Health authorities had earlier said there was no more need to isolate travelers for A(H1N1), but she was insistent. If she was acting on social duty, it was a farce. Why, she had partied all night Tuesday, bussing pals cheek-to-cheek at a Cabinet man’s wedding anniversary. And when she finally went into hospital at 4 a.m., it wasn’t to avoid spreading virus. She had mainly cosmetic procedures and, adding the Palace’s claim, one gynecological check on the side. The cosmetic job can be called delicate, given that it’s the President going under the knife. She had mammoplastic repair of leaking breast implants done in the 1980s, excision of inguinal (groin) cyst, and laser depilation of unwanted hair in that area and the armpits. Having survived all this, Arroyo saw no more need to self-detain for the prescribed ten days, and groggily checked out at 2 p.m. Thursday.
The chief talker gnashed that “the story is totally absurd … I mean, look at the President if she’s the type who’ll have breast implant like movie stars.” By late afternoon he was eating his words, stammering that Arroyo had just told him she did have implants, so earning the moniker Ab-Cerge. Leave it at that, Lore-Lie butted in, Arroyo had a breast mass taken out and replaced, plus biopsy of a groin lump that turned out benign.
But that’s not the point. They were overemphasizing the President’s privates, yet imputing malice on the press for imagined doing so. Still the issue was why Arroyo hid the real reason for the hospital visit, the same way she made secret a Colombia side trip days before. For that matter, the same way they wrongly invoke privacy about Arroyo’s political plans after 2010 and the facets of her many financial schemes.
The issue is about transparency in public dealings, and telling the truth for a change. They evaded my item on Arroyo’s dysfunctional bleeding mid-last year that necessitated D&C (raspa) and three follow-up checks since Jan. The President’s health is a state concern; she has the duty to disclose, and citizens have the right to know, it. Feigning self-quarantine was devious. They could have announced the biopsy, if true, in a nice way. Example: the White House disclosed all about the removal of Ronald Reagan’s colon polyps. And the Great Communicator endeared himself to the world when, upon hospital discharge, he chuckled that his only distress was “now everyone knows about my internal pipes.” By contrast, it’s hard to pray for speedy recovery of someone you know is fooling you. Or worse, someone who’s inciting a witch hunt at the Asian Hospital for the leaker of her medical info, when the culprit can very well be inside Malac… oops, my lips are sealed.
Arroyo’s hospital stay came at a price to taxpayers. Her bodyguards and cooks took five rooms: P4,000@, or total P20,000 a day. She got two suites for herself and the First Family: P18,000@, or total P36,000 a day. Spokesmen claim the hospital did not charge a cent. But how can we believe them, when they lie at every turn