Gloria Arroyo Feasting on the Sad Plight of the Philippines

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Ooops! Not Quite Le Cirque. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her party spent nearly one million pesos on dinner during their recent visit to New York, ordering such items as caviar and expensive wine. In the meantime, poor Filipinos — like this little girl having lunch, or what passes for it, in Isla Puting Bato, a slum area in Manila — have to make do with what they have, which is often not enough.

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Why these politicians can dine and wine in a posh resto, while I can't even splurge on my good ol' favorite Twister fries. Again, a massive cover-up work is tasked upon Press Secretary Serge Remonde for their dine and wine extravaganza. So the story goes that it was Representative Martin Romualdez who allegedly paid the bill in celebration of the wedding anniversary of the First Couple.

Hey! That's avarice plus gluttony combo with this report of PCIJ that she got rich the fastest among our presidents. That's why everybody's dreaming about being a politician.

THE economic downturn hasn't persuaded everyone to pinch pennies. Philippines President Maria Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was at Le Cirque the other night with a large entourage enjoying the good life, even though the former comptroller of her country's armed serv ices, Carlos Garcia, was found guilty earlier this year of per jury and two of his sons were arrested in the US on bulk cash-smuggling charges. Maca pagal-Arroyo ordered several bottles of very expensive wine, pushing the dinner tab up to $20,000.

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