GMA's $20,000 dinner in New York

@pjsr18 (340)
Philippines
August 8, 2009 12:47pm CST
Filipinos, what can you say about our president's $20,000 dinner in New York. Again, our country are in headlines of a leading newspaper in the USA. In that article, it stated that even the world is in financial crisis, Philippine president is in an expensive restaurant in New York with a large entourage enjoying the good life and the President ordered expensive wines that day. Oh my! Come to think of it? How could they celebrate that way when the whole nation is grieving the lost of the icon of our democracy Cory Aquino.
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@hotsummer (10457)
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
she is our president. what do you expect. do you want to see our president eat in KFC. and besides it was not her who paid the bill. it was paid by Romualdez, whoever Romualdez that was. and it is not part of the money of the people. and besides the president deserved to have that kind of dinner cause they are our symbol and representation of our country. we can't just possibly let her look like a person who is strap of cash and eating on cheap restaurants while she was on state visit on another country. after all being a president is no easy task or job. we ask too much of our president. stop making a slave out of our president. they deserved to have a better treatment cause she is a president. that is the privilege of being a president. this is not corruption. if we people really like to see poor people have place to live, i think we all do our share. if our friends and relatives need some help we do it ourselves and give them help they need so there won't any poor people in our country. she had been too much. when ERAP was president. we said he was corrupt and had him out of office. now it is gloria in seat and we want out of her office i think whoever in the position. we will still find fault and just want them out of position. there is no perfect person for the position. sometimes i wonder if we really deserve a good president. we don't treat our president well. do we.
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• Philippines
10 Aug 09
I understand her position being the president of our poor country. The issue here is not where she and her delegation went to dinner. Rather the amount that was spent. I have read other forums regarding this issue and it's not why she went to that restaurant to have dinner, but rather the extravagant expense that is ridiculously high even in american standards. I used to believe in her, during her first years serving as president I would defend her thinking that she is being attacked because she is a woman and that people think that she is being weak because of her gender. But as time went by and I look at the plight of our country, then you read these kind of news, it makes you wonder why you pay so much taxes from your salary so that these people can spend it in one night out of the country.
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• Philippines
10 Aug 09
The issue here is not where she went to dinner. Its the amount that was spent. Many people in other forums agree that they could sit down to dinner in the same restaurant but not spend that much. You also have to take in consideration that this US trip has already been controversial because of the number of delegates who went with her to the US. And it us filipinos who shouldered the expense by the way, because it is from our taxes that they got the budget in order to go to the US. Again, its not where, but the amount spent that is ridiculous.
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@pjsr18 (340)
• Philippines
8 Sep 09
Being a president doesn't mean that you have to eat a dinner worth $20,000. Obama, the president of the United States, got out of his car and bought a hotdog on a hotdog stand. What can you say to that?
@eileenleyva (10993)
• Philippines
8 Aug 09
I have not heard of that news but if that is so, could we really expect a noble act from someone who calls herself our president? I had been hurting from the many expenditures she had made from the people's money. The wound had been cut deeper by the gag order and the deception the government call rule of law. Your fight and mine is not done yet. Cory's sacrifice lives in us.
@pjsr18 (340)
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
I am not expecting noble acts from her. She's wasting the money of the Filipino people for her own good. She's supposed to be a role model but she's definitely not. Shame on those cabinet members who said that GMA's vision is also the same as the late president Aquino.
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@pjsr18 (340)
• Philippines
8 Sep 09
Yes, I'm so excited to have the May 2010 elections. I think Noynoy would be our President.
@Jean25 (344)
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
this is completely uncalled for? $20,000 is a lot of money and she is paid 50,000PHP a month. so, what she saved her money for the last 3 years just for this New York Dinner, what a crud.this is terrible.she'd better have a good explanation for eating in a experience restaurant..
@hotsummer (10457)
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
president is really underpaid. being a president deserved more. and i think that it is just okay if they have this kind of dinner cause it is their privilege as presidents, don't they.
• Philippines
8 Aug 09
Ohh my, tsk-tsk-tsk! what else can I say . Thanks for the hardship, blood ,sweat and tears of OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers Abroad) that keeps on sending dollars to their family back home. In that way, the President will be able to get something out of it . I don't know but it was really a waste of our money, as they claim we are in deep neck debt. I don't see any hope it she still stays as President. This is just my opinion, I respect others opinion here.
@pjsr18 (340)
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
I agree with your opinion. There will be no more progress if she'll stay on power.
@marites31 (267)
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
Well, explanation was given that, the government did not paid for it but it was paid by another person as a gift for their 41st wedding anniversary. Probably we can give them the benefit of the doubt. Im also seeing good things for GMA since she has brought a difference also in our country. Wether its true or not i just hope that it did came from the Philippine funds.
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
I'm quite sure that such expensive activities were not done simply to spend. There are important reasons why a president would go to extremes of spending extravagantly in another country. Maybe it's not just about eating in a restaurant, but eating in a restaurant together with very important people that can help our country. Strategically, you wouldn't think of inviting someone over for a kikiam spree if you wanted that person to do you a HUGE favor. You would sweet talk that person, and maybe even treat him to a nice place so that the environment would be conducive for the two of you to talk about your concerns.
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@ybong007 (6658)
• Philippines
20 Oct 09
It's a shame, but according to the news it was paid for by a congressman. So I guess, it's just a classic example of a free lunch. Cheers!
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
I am thoroughly disgusted over the greed of GMA. While filipinos are suffering from poverty and hunger, she decides to go on a trip and spend that much money on a single dinner. Think of how many schools she could help with that amount. Plus, we all know that with the recent onslaught of rains, many people have lost their homes due to floods. When GMA first became president, I was one of those filipinos who believed in her ability to lead our country. But as the years passed, especially now, I can see her greed and its disgusting. How I wish that the next president will have some moral fiber or as we say in tagalog, delikadesa like Cory Aquino.
@mimiang (3777)
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
we love to dine out - We enjoy good food
If I can afford to go to a restaurant to eat that way,I will certainly do if I earn the money through my personal business ventures.I personally try all restaurants in the metro because I want to enjoy my life. However, in the case of Arroyo as a president who earns only about 30,000 pesos, I don't think she can explain that cash she spent.She should think about the poor who can't afford to eat thrice a day, those sick children that can't be sent to hospitals because of poverty and those who can't go to school.
@kayedanda (1850)
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
Well that's f*cked up. That money could've been used for building a small school somewhere remote. Damn her and her irritating nasal voice.
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
Well, the government spent the people's money again .... The President is trying to spend much as her term is about to end .. lavish dinner isn't worth.. .. had that money been spent to feed Filipino people, I'm sure a thousand could have eaten already ..
@king4aday (681)
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
Hi there. I read the article in the Baltimore sun website. The President and his entourage did not hold back when they where dining in Le Cirque restaurant in Manhattan. $20,000 is approximately 955,400 pesos. It's really sad when I see the taxcut in my payslip. They did not think about the million of hungry Filipinos. They did not think about the people who put them in office.
• Philippines
9 Aug 09
Damn that small and terrible president of ours. I can't believe that she still has the guts to spend $20,000 for such a dinner in NY. How can she spend so much like that? Isn't she thinking that she is spending the peoples' taxes? This is what I hate, our government is full of corrupt people. Thats why I hate to pay taxes to the government though its part of our responsibility. I don't get any benefits for paying taxes and I don't see much improvements in our country either. I believe that nobody will mourn for her if ever she passes away in the future, unlike Cory Aquino.