The 1 Million Peso Dinner of gloria macapagal arroyo
there are two sides to this — is spending P1 Million in a dinner appropriate or is it not approrpiate?
the appropriatness of the amount is truly relative. we have been told by our parents and this is also something we learn on our own as adults is this – do not spend money you cannot afford to spend. we all know it that if we start spending money over and above what we earn, we will eventually become bankrupt.
for someone like Donald Trump, spending US$800 on a dinner for himself at Le Cirque would be fine. he has the money, he can afford it. for the US or Japan two of the richest countries in the world, spending US$20T for a dinner is fine. in fact we can argue that that seems too little because japan and the US are the wealthiest nations in the world.
is it right for a government official of a country like the philippines spend $20T or P1Million for dinner?
it really does not matter that a congressman paid for the bill and not arroyo. that does not remove the fact that the president of a poor nation, together with her entourage had dinner in one of new york’s most expensive restaurant.
in today’s PDI headline, malacanang says it’s “just a simple dinner”. well, dinner at le cirque is never simple – it is is a 5 star restaurant, celebrated in new york and rated by experts as not only serving great food but also as “$$$$$ very expensive”, aside from the fact that it is extremely hard to get a table in that restaurant.
the administration blames Bayan, the activist group who first exposed the dinner at le cirque in the country. they also blame and the New York post and philippine media for it.
what is the fault of all of these groups and organization? all they did was report the dinner and post questions. they can be faulted if arroyo and entourage did not have dinner there. malacanang has not denied it, they admit arroyo had dinner there.
remonde says “The report was grossly exagerated, really exagerated.” where is the exageration in the new york post report:
where is the exageration in that report? was the bill $200 and not $20,000? if that was the case, then i agree it is an exageration. but until they show us an actual bill (most likely a credit card was used) that has $200 on it, then nothing is being exagerated, only the truth was reported.
most recent SWS survey says a large 50% of the population rate themselves as poor. with a large portion of the population unable to earn money to buy enough food for their family, not even 3 times a day, arroyo dines with her entourage at le cirque.