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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.

gloria macapagal arroyo's dinner at le cirque new york

meal shared by many filipino families inside their home, not at all a le cirque ambience and dinner

dining area where arroyo enjoyed her meal at le cirque

dining area where arroyo enjoyed her meal at le cirque

  1. Dan Rivero
    August 10, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Simple lang ang masaabi ko: SANA SIKMURAIN SI PGMA AT KANYANG MGA ALIPORES SA HIYA. ANG TITIBAY NG SIKMURA NINYO!!!

  2. aiane
    August 11, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    hindi man lang nila naisip ang milyong milyong pilipino na hindi nakakain ng 3 beses sa isang araw..buwaya..walang kunsyenya…

  3. luzelle
    August 12, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    kapal ng mukha niyang Arroyo na yan…ni hindi man lang nahiya na kumain ng ganon kamahal????!!!!kahit pa sabihin na libre lang yun…eh san nyo ba yan nakukuha???sa tingin ko sa sweldo nyo rin…galing din sa tao yang perang ginagastos nyo!!!sana mabilaukan ka sa mga pagkain pag-kain mo ng sobrang mahal!!!feeling rich, KAPAL NG MUKHA!!

  4. warner
    August 13, 2009 at 12:26 am

    nagpauto na naman kasi kayo sa mga bobong komunistang yan. mamatay na lang sila sa inggit kasi ni sebo ng lechon hindi sila nakatikim. hahahahaha.

  5. bleed
    August 13, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    ANG KAPAL NG MUKHA!

  6. August 14, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    astig naman mga taong yan! d nman naisip na naghihirap ang kanilang bansa! nakuha pa nilang kumain ganun kamahal, sana ung 1million na yun, bnigay na lang sa mga mahihirap, marami pang ang nakinabang!

  7. espie
    August 15, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Sana matandaan e2 ng mga pilino.. lalo na ung mga kasama ni PGMA sa hapunan na un.. Un ung mga taong hindi dapat nilalagay sa pwesto..dahil mga sarili lang nila ang iniisip nila..kung sila eh me pagmamahal sa bayan.. mahihirap ang una nilang maiisip.. asan na ang filipino values? nawala na ba talaga? pera na lang ba at power ang hinahangad ng mga pulittiko? asan na ang malasakit sa kapwa at sa bayan? Sana magising na ang mga pilipino..bigyan natin ng magandang kinabukasan ang mga kabataan.. simulan po natin sa bahay.. turuan po natin sila na magkaroon ng delikadeza..magmahal sa kapwa.. at tumulong sa mahirap.. me karma ring katapat ang ginagawa nila.. di man yan lumabas ngaun.. lalabas din yan bukas..o sa isang taon..

  8. Benny
    August 15, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    bakit? kng di ba cla kumain dun, mabubusog ang mga TAMAD na PILIPINO na nagugutom ngayon? problema kc satin, puro tyo complaints without posing solutions… This is fucking democracy… what do you expect? Capitalist system natin… those who strive harder than others would end up eating better food than the rest… stop blaming the rich for the problems of the poor… She (the President) was not the one who gave 8 children to a drunk pedikab driver in tondo… it was their choice and eventually, it’ll be our choice…

    • Genno
      August 18, 2009 at 1:15 am

      agree… Pathetic talaga media natin… maling mali minsan mag report tapos pinapalaki ang issue..

    • Geri
      August 20, 2009 at 7:03 pm

      you’re rich aren’t you? you said so yourself that capitalism IS our system. di mo ba alam na sa kapitalismo hindi man lang nabibigyan ng oportunidad ang mga mahihirap??? bakit? sa tingin mo ba na ang mga magsasaka at manggagawa na gumigising ng alas singko ng umaga at kumakayod para mabigyan lang ng below minimum wage ay tamad? bakit? binigyan ba sila ng pag-aaral para matutong mag-ingles at kumita sa call center?? binigyan ba sila ng lupa para doon mamuhunan?? HOI, pwedeng pag-aralan mo muna lipunan mo bago ka magdaldal dyan. KINAKAMKAM kasi ng mga mayayayaman ang lupa ng mga magsasaka at di binibigyan ng tamang sahod ang mga manggagawa kaya di maka-ahon sa hirap! may fucking democracy ka pang nalalaman! AT HOI! may solusyon kami. pumunta ka sa kanayunan at tanungin mo ang mga magsasaka o di kaya punta ka sa mga unyon ng mga manggagawa at ihahampas namin sa mukha mo ang solusyong inihahain namin!

      • warner
        August 21, 2009 at 9:37 pm

        bobo. komunista ka no? dapat sa mga katulad mo pagbabarilin na. kayo ang nagpapalala ng mga social divisions sa pilipinas dahil sa bulok nyong ideolohiya. inggit lang kayo.

  9. Benny
    August 15, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    ang kumuha ng picture ng pamilyang kumakain ng kokonte, anu gnawa? wla lng? hnayaan na lng? o baka nagbigay nga naman ng pera or pagkain pero pagkatapos munang kuhanan ung event? edi exploitation na yun… he/she is as immoral as freakin’ drug Lord… gagamitin pa yung mga tao… kng tumulong na lng sana… pero as i said this is capitalism baby… its a user friendly world out there…

    ——
    benny – i have allowed your comment to be posted here after some heavy editing. you need to tone down your comments, otherwise your comments on this blog will be placed as spam and will no longer be posted here.

    ~wawam~

  10. lol
    August 16, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    i hate u GLORIA..i hate you with all my heart

  11. doorkn0b
    August 17, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    grabe tong si arroyo – walang konsiyensa

  12. Velocity
    August 25, 2009 at 7:36 am

    There was a time when my family was struggling with money. I was forced to eat in a restaurant because of peer pressure. I felt extremely guilty afterwards because the 200-300 pesos that I spent in that restaurant, just for myself could’ve been enough to feed my entire family for that day..

    Shame on you, Gloria..

    • August 25, 2009 at 9:20 am

      setting a good example, being principled and doing what is right are things arroyo does not seem to understand and practice.

  13. August 26, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    wag niyo ng pagdiinan ung pagkain na kinain niya ! kahit gano kamahal yun wala na kaung pake ! sus. kahit kung anuanu pang sabihin nio diyan sa tingin niyo mababalik pa ung 1 million ?! hayaan nio nalang na magsalita siya ! kung may muka pa siyang ihaharap satin ! di niya inisip kung anu mararamdaman ng kapwa pilipino niya ! ang mamayan ng bansang pinamumunuan niya ! tsk.tsk.tsk.

  14. September 4, 2009 at 11:46 am

    ..tama siya lang pa lageh ang sasusunod..kAWAwa naman tayo di na halos makakain..tapos yong mga taong yon libre lang..alam niyo sa cguro ginawa yun ni gloria kasi malapit na ang election

  15. September 4, 2009 at 11:47 am

    siya lang palagi ang nasusunod…walang hiya siya.

  16. mae anne
    September 21, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    sana sa fast food na lang sila kumain noh? kaso anu ba, bilang mga taong may matataas na posisyon, dapat ay “special treatment” nga naman. tsk tsk.

    pero bat kasi kinoconvert agad yung $20000. lam niu bang magkaiba ang mga bilihin sa america at sa pilipinas? wag kasi padalosdalos sa pagrereact.

    inggit lang yung mga bumabatikos.

  17. kheehay
    September 22, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    .,too expensive naman ata para sa isang simpleng dinner na sinasabi nila… to think thousands of filipino families ang pwedeng makinabang sa milyong piso na ginastos nila that night diba? we are aware na maraming namamatay dahil sa gutom.. mabubusog din naman sila kung sa isang simpleng restaurant lang sila kumain.. i hope di na mauulit. marami kasing pilipino ang naghihirap, dapat isipin natin yun.

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