While fellow filipinos ate instant noodles and gruel and drank unclean water, the Philippines President, together with 25 “civil servants” nibbled on caviar and sipped expensive ($500 a bottle) wine. Ah, the good life of the rich and famous. The tab was $20,000! She can afford it. Her wealth stands at PHP 144 million. Not a paltry sum. Nothing wrong with that, right? Forget the poorest of the poor of Filipinos and treat yourself once in a while, right?
Can you blame Jejomar Binay if he says “What they did was deplorable, especially if taxpayers’ money was spent. If they spent private money, what they did was in bad taste and again showed insensitivity to the millions of Filipinos who face hunger daily.”? I wouldn’t. In fact, I agree with him. Several other personalities raised their eyebrows at what Arroyo did.
Well, that wasn’t all and not even the first time they did it. New York Post further reported:
BEFORE their $20,000 meal at Le Cirque, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and an entourage of about 65 — complete with food tasters, Secret Service and a kitchen monitor to watch food preparation — dined at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse in DC on July 30. “The party spared no expense, and had lobster, steak and expensive wines,” said a source. “They paid their $15,000 bill, including a generous tip, with cash — which was counted out, unseen, underneath a table by a staff member.” Meanwhile, we’ve learned that Philippine Congressman Martin Romualdez, who allegedly paid for the Le Cirque feast, is a nephew of Imelda Marcos — who was exiled and acquitted in the US of racketeering charges before returning to her country.
I remember once Christmas when she was handing out rice and sardines to poor people. Someone ask her what was her favorite dish during Christmas. She said without batting an eyelash, “Ham simmered in milk”. Yum right? Some filipinos don’t even have enough money to buy milk, let alone use it for boiling ham. Sad.