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arroyo’s dinner at le cirque new york and majority of pinoy’s dinner – pictures

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


Saying she was shocked by the “outrageous and outlandish” spending, Senator Santiago urged those who knew to tell who really paid for the dinner.

“My advice is for them to tell the truth, who went there and how much the dinner cost and then say that this will never happen again,” she told dzBB radio.

She said there was no need to cover up.

Santiago, who joined Ms Arroyo’s trip, said she was invited to the dinner but she begged off because of her chronic fatigue syndrome.

She said she was surprised when she learned later that the dinner was at Le Cirque.

Santiago said going to dinner at such an expensive restaurant was “too insensitive for the circumstances of the country,” and called “valid” the criticisms that had come Malacañang’s way.

“I can sympathize with critics because it sounds so outrageous and outlandish that people from a developing country should rack up a bill of P1 million,” the senator said.


read more about it here: http://2010presidentiables.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/the-1-million-peso-meal-show-us-the-bill/

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  1. Dan Rivero
    August 10, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    The Arroyo administration has been always in denial on every scandal they incur. It has been a litany since 2001.

    On this latest issue of PGMA’s recent visit to the United States, Malacanang denied that it has not been a “luxurious dinner” and did not spend a taxpayers money from that dinner spree.

    Well, in this case, it is not a question whether they money spent was from the coffers of our National treasury or from some private individual who threw out $20,000 or a million peso dinner for the Arroyo entourage in an expensive New York resto.

    It is a question of “delicadeza” and sensitivity for the country she and her “alipores” left behind. While many of our people are just eating a tuyo and rice (which is now a blessing for the many poor), and still many can’t afford anymore to eat three times a day with adequate food and nourishment, and thousands went to the streets as the nation as the nation mourned for a loss of an “Icon of Democracy” Pres. Cory Aquino, here is a President, her husband First Gentleman and her cohorts lavishly dinned in a posh New York restaurant.

    Where is there conscience gone?

    • steven suarez
      August 10, 2009 at 8:11 pm

      it is never the fault of arroyo. it is always the fault of others. most specially media and the opposition,. haha.

      they must think we are idiots.

  2. paulette tolentino rubis
    August 11, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    GMA should have learned from Pres. Cory Aquino. Here’s an excerpt of Jessica Soho’s interview with Cory (September 3,2008, GMA ‘s public affairs special program, Newsmakers)

    “Cory: . . .And I remember, we were I think in Iloilo – basta one Visayan province. Then Mita Pardo De Tavera told me afterwards, “Ma’am I just wanted to tell you that when you were walking, one of the women said, ‘Naku, suot na naman niya iyong damit na iyon.’” And then I said, “It’s what I want them to notice. That first of all, yes, I’m president but I’m not president of a rich country. And what’s wrong with wearing a dress more than once, twice?” I really wanted to set an example.

    And I also wanted our cabinet members to do the same thing, sabi nga nila medyo istrikto nga daw ako but I felt if we wanted changes made, we should start with our own lives so that was never a problem with me.”

    By the same token,there’s nothing wrong with declining to dine in an expensive restaurant, is there? Moreso, while your country is grieving over the death of its former president, the epitome of simplicity and humility . . .

    So there.

  3. mark jokerst
    August 12, 2009 at 7:56 am

    We can’t blame the fortunate to spend such amount on dinner or something. It is their privilege and right. It’s like, buying a five million peso worth of car. As long as they can handle it, why not.

    The media, the bishops and the like who can’t seem to comprehend the reality that every person in this planet has the right to spend his money anything he os he wants.

    Been reading comments from the newspapers about this lavish dinner and come on, people! move on..

    Am i seeing the CRAB MENTALITY here.

    Wala tayong pakialam kung mag spend man sila ng millions over a dinner. Pera po nila yon, they earned it. And hindi nila kasalanan na may mga mahirap dito sa Pilipinas.

    Lahat po ng tao dito sa Pilipinas ay may chance to live a better life. Ang nangyayari lang kasi, mga tamad silang maghanap and magtrabaho. Dependent na lang sila parati sa government and sa mga may kaya. Bakit naisip ba nila yong hirap ng mga fortunate na ito before becoming wealthy? Mga sleepless nights nila thinking on how to be come financial stable, stressed sa buhay nila working hours and hours to earn money.

    Yon lang po ang bottom line dito: Nahihiya lang tayo tangapin na sadya talagang mga tamad ang mga mahihirap para magsumikap and makaahon sa buhay…


    • steven suarez
      August 12, 2009 at 8:04 am

      kaya hindi umunlad ang ating bayan at kaya nang-aabuso ang mga govt offcials dahil sa mga attitude na meron ka. mahiya ka sa sarili mo at sa pamilya mo

    • cecillia
      August 12, 2009 at 8:32 am

      there is no way this action of arroyo can be justified. it is morally wrong if not legally wrong. its a shame that a president of a 3rd world country with large numbers of citizens hungry will spend this amount of money for dinner. and shame for those who do not see this is wrong.

    • jpmanuel
      August 14, 2009 at 3:12 am

      To markjokerst —

      You need to rethink your beliefs that poverty can simply be explained by laziness, and that every Filipino has the chance to live a better life. That is extremely narrow-minded and naive of you. I think you still need to grow a social conscience and consciousness. Napapailing ako sa mga sinabi mo, iho.

    • kat
      August 17, 2009 at 9:14 pm

      very well explained.. i support you. especially president gloria macapagal-arroyo. 10 thumbs up.. if only i had 8 more =))

  4. clarisse
    August 12, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Mark – gusto ko lang linawin, in general, we Pilipinos are hard working people. The reason we have MILLIONS of unemployed and under-employed people is because of those PUBLIC SERVANTs. The very people who should be working to provide JOBs are more concerned in enriching themselves through very undignifed means.

  5. lita
    August 13, 2009 at 10:12 am

    This is about a member of a Royal Family in EUROPE.Ona day she
    saw the price of apples and she was surprised how expensive so
    she had it taken out from the menu of the royal kitchen.Its not that she
    cant afford it because she is super rich but she felt it is the proper thing to do for her subjects.I think it is called empathy.

  6. mark jokerst
    August 14, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    @ Steven Suzrez – bakit, ano na ba nagawa for this country to say something like that? Attitude? What’s wrong with writing my point of view? I don’t have be ashamed of what I wrote.

    @ cecillia – it’s a shame? Why did you say so? Remember, she still the PRESIDENT and she deserves to be treated well. And besides, do you honestly know how expensive yon cost of living and stuff na mabibili mo sa NY? You must be atleast earning more tham $50k a year to pay your bills and survive in that state. Diba the reason why the bill grow that big is because of the numbers ng entourage? 60 persons. And, it would be more shameful of the president, left her Secret service agents and security outside Le Cirque while they’re having dinner. Come one! Now tell me, ano ang mas nakakahiya, seeing a President eat a hotdog sandwich worth $7 dollars – tapos masusulat sa NY POST na- A President of the Philippines was seen eating a hotdog sandwich- this is how poor this country was or sa write up na ito, implying to the world that, the country PHILIPPINES, despite of the financial crisis, shows a strong economy since their President just had a lavish dinner at Le Cirque.

    And one more thing, if you visits NY and found a cheap restaurant, let me know, we can go there and I’ll pay the tab to prove me wrong on the expensive cost of living thingy.

    @ jpmanuel – NO! this is not being narrow-minded or naïve. This is reality. You are being narrow-minded, that you blame only to the government. Of where you are right now, hindi ba you worked hard on it, stayed late during you school years and even worked part time? I have a lot of business partners who started from nothing. My parents’, parents, magbubukid lang sila, but my dad, worked hard, even work part-time to earn some money to finish school. HARDWORK lang. Tell me, ano ang difference ng dad ko sa other Filipinos? Everyone was given a chance pagkapanganak nila. It’s up to them to find good ways.

    @ Clarisse- like what I’ve said, don’t blame it all to the government. May roles din tayo to make this country grow economically.

    @ Lita- who is this member of the Royal Family? Is she alone in the world that no other royal family wants an apple? Sa ginawa nyang ito, who would suffer more? Diba, yong farmer kasi he nawalan na sya ng customer to but the apple. Simple Chain reaction..

    – For the first time na nag-disagree ako lately sa mga issues natin with the government. just this. You are just making it worst.

    • August 14, 2009 at 4:55 pm

      if arroyo had dinner in a hotdog stand in new york, she will be admired and hailed in this country and even the US for being practical and being sensitive to the raging poverty that is present in the philppines. her approval rating will imrove for sure.

  7. mark jokerst
    August 15, 2009 at 12:43 am

    admired and hailed? of what, hypocrisy? that, with her own money, she can dine anywhere she wants. tapos sasabihin lang ng media dito sa pinas, gimik lang nya yon for the next election? and sobrang pathetic naman ata to have a COUNTRY PRESIDENT to eat lang in a hotdog stand. that even a foreigner would volunteer to invite her to dine sa isang appropriate place. and come on, she’s a president and smart enough to know her actions. wala sya sa pwesto nya kung hindi sya karapat dapat. as what I assess sa nangyayari sa country natin, wala tayon sense of contentment. we are so perfect that we only sees other flaws. to the extent na ang damages ay mas greater. tell me, kailan pa hindi naquestion ang leadership ng state natin? tapos dinadamay pa nila pati yong death ni Pres Aquino, na dapat daw nag momourn si Ms. Arroyo. For Christ sake, leave politics sa mga bagay that involves loss as such. it’s completely inappropriate.

  8. sandy maniling
    August 15, 2009 at 9:53 am

    dapat lang maging isang magandang halimbawa ang pangulo ng bansa. ang daming naghihirap na pilipino. maraming hindi kumakain ng 3 beses isang araw pero eto ang pangulo nagpapabundat sa mamahaling restoran.

  9. mark jokerst
    August 15, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    @sandy maniling: sobra naman atang harsh ang term mong NAGBPAPABUNDAT? in the first place, she’s on a business trip. not on vacation. gaya ng mga tanong ko sa iba, ano na bang nagawa mo sa Pilipinas at ganyan ka na lang kung magsalita sa Head of the STATE natin.

  10. August 15, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    where’s the morale? kahit na ginastos nya ang sarili nyang money at kahit nilibre pa sya, at least sana kahit konte nagpakamodest sya KAHIT KONTI MAN LANG SANA. we cant help especially sa mga mata ng mga nabubuhay sa poverty yung presidente ganun, so what kung sa hotdog stand kumain ang isang presidente?? is that a crime? mga public servant sila my goodness!!! they want to camouflage the poverty of the philippines in the u.s by dining in an extravagant resto??? we cant hide the truth mrs. arroyo. THE PHILIPPINES IS IN EXTREME POVERTY. AND WHILE YOU WERE EATING THAT LAVISH DINNER OF YOURS, MOST OF YOUR PEOPLE WERE EATING NOTHING. WAKE UP!

  11. mark jokerst
    August 15, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    @whitehawk: would you think, sa state na yon, ang word na modest ay may place? sa group of 60, if they dine sige sabihin natin, sa worth 70 dollars per meal. still aabutin pa din ng hundred thousands – with tax and tips. bakit ba ganun na lang ang pagdodown nyo sa president natin? she’s there naman for a business purposes ha. she met with the US president and possible help that the country can get to grow economically. you are depriving a person to enjoy his/her life dahil public servant sya. bakit, hindi ba ginagawa yong ng other politicians? paulit ulit na lang, SHE IS A PRESIDENT. mahiya ka naman na pakainin mo sya sa hotdog stand.. tsk tsk tsk.. tsaka hindi lang naman sya yon kumain dba. gaya ng sabi ko, mas matutuwa ka ba kung sila lang ng asawa nya ang kumain tapos yon mga kasama nya eh naghihintay lang sa sasakyan or sa labas ng restaurant? imagine mo ikaw yon nasa situation nya, would you that?

  12. baycas
    August 16, 2009 at 6:27 am

    More spin…

    …consul general Cecilia Rebong of the New York consulate said an article by Manny Caballero in the Filipino Reporter called “a lie” a report in the New York Post that the dinner for Mrs. Arroyo and her entourage in the posh Le Cirque restaurant cost $20,000 or around P1 million…

    Philstar, Aug 16, 2009


    …New York Consul General Cecilia Rebong cited a Filipino-American weekly’s story on the alleged $20,000 tab, in the memorandum dated August 14, to Press Secretary Cerge Remonde.

    Rebong told Remonde that Manny Caballero, writer of the Filipino Reporter, had interviewed Le Cirque’s contact manager Mario Wainer and wrote a story about the dinner that came out in the paper’s August 14-21 issue.

    In the story, “Mr. Wainer was quoted as saying `It’s a lie’ and `It’s far from the truth,” Rebong said, adding that Wainer said Arroyo and her entourage “had dinner here like everyone else.”

    Remonde refused to answer follow-up questions…

    Inquirer, Aug 15, 2009

    Tit for tat on Mon Tulfo’s latest article:

    SOMEBODY sent a picture of Medy Poblador, President Gloria’s personal secretary, to Bobby Van’s Steakhouse in Washington.

    The steakhouse management allegedly confirmed she was the lady who paid the bill for the $15,000 dinner of the President’s party, and not Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez.

    Poblador reportedly also paid the bill at Le Cirque in New York for that $20,000 dinner.

    If the President could lie about those dinners, how many more and bigger lies did she tell the people?


    I guess the report of the Filipino reporter is not yet online. I only got this link of the last article of Manuel L. Caballero…

    On My Watch

    • doorkn0b
      August 17, 2009 at 5:24 pm

      nag-papanic na malacanang. wasak sila sa issue na ito!

  13. ice
    August 17, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Mark, anak ka ba bi PGMA?

  14. ice
    August 17, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Mark, don’t you think you’re bein so insensitive? look, okay lang na sa hotdog stand siya kumain. pagain pa din yun, ilalabas din yun. hindi naman siguro gusto magstay nun mga pagkain sa loob ng tiyan ng presidente mo di ba? nakakabastos lang dahil habang naghihirap ang bansa niya, pinipili parin niyang maging sosyal. kahit hindi naman bagay. im sorry if i am not recognizing your president as my president. you know what, Gloria never had affection, respect and love for the country. kaya walang friendship ang mga tao at siya e. dahil sa mga ginagawa niya. nakakagalit lang dahil habang nagpapakahiram kumayod ang mga tao dito para kahit isang kilong bigas man lang, siya naman, waldas ng waldas ng hindi niya pera.

    i am a freshie college, im speaking up for those na nakikita ko sa kalye. nakakaawa. walang pagkain, walang tahanan, walang kahit ano. hindi ko nga alam kong sakop pa sila sa Bill of Rights dahil sa lipunan na to, hindi na sila pansin. ang mga mayayaman, lalong nagpapayaman. ang mga mahihiray, walang say, walang kwenta.

    ikaw mark, nasasabi mo yan dahil mayaman ka at wala kang pakialam sa mga mahihirap? hindi kaya dapat ikaw ang mahiya dahil sa kakakunsinte mo sa presidente mo?

    • doorkn0b
      August 17, 2009 at 3:32 pm

      walang masama kumain sa hotdog stand. mabuti nga yun kung yun ang ginawa ni arroyo. maraming taong mahihirap sa pilipinas na maski hotdog ay hindi kayang bilhin para kainin. hindi nga sila makakain ng 3 beses isang araw.

  15. mark jokerst
    August 17, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    @ Ice – it is not being insensitive. this is reality. tingin mo ba, hindi nya talaga alam yon actions nya? kaya lang naman lumaki yon dahil sa number ng entourage nya diba. and sabi ko nga, sa state na yon, lahat talaga mahal and still kahit sa pinakamurang restuarant aabutin pa din ng hundred thousands yon bill nila dahil sa number nila.

    do you honestly think that wala syang respect, affection and love for her country? and sa lahat ng ginawa nya sa countr hindi mo naapreciate dahil dahil lang sa $20k dollar na diiner? be logical naman. and now you are sayin that I am being so insensitive? fresh grad ka, you are not yet paying tax and all, ganyan na ang sinasabi mo, how much more if you are paying hundreds of thousands for sa taxes mo, sige you would attack the president na.

    gaya ng sabi ko, those fortunate are striving more to earn more, yon mga unfortunate, they’re just too lazy to work. parasites is the right term for them.

    if you read my previous post, tell me what’s the difference ng ibang unfortunate Filipinos sa dad ko na anak ng farmer sa province yet he worked hard during his college years to earn a degree at a reputable univ dito as scholar. even worked part time para may allowance. and I have alot of business partners who started from nothing. madami na din success stories na mababasa sa internet about FILIPINOS who became rich dahil sa hard work. tapos ganyan na lang kayo ideprive ang head ng state natin.

    Walang pakiaalam sa mga mahihirap? we have supported some charities dito. so hindi pwede na walang pakiaalam sa mga mahihirap.

    Hindi pangungunsinte yong mga comments namin, we are just being logical of the situation. not a matter emotionally driven, irrational responses and criticism.

    ! doorknob: and eating at a hotdog stand would only trigger another issues from those heartless critics. sasabihin na naman, malapit na election and she’s only doing it kasi gusto ulet magrun ng position. and besides, may sarili syang pera, she can eat at any restaurant she wants. it is her rights. hindi dahil sa public servant sya, idedeprive nya yon sarili nya to eat something nice.

  16. marco atayde
    August 17, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    mark jokerst :

    @ Ice – it is not being insensitive. this is reality. tingin mo ba, hindi nya talaga alam yon actions nya? kaya lang naman lumaki yon dahil sa number ng entourage nya diba. and sabi ko nga, sa state na yon, lahat talaga mahal and still kahit sa pinakamurang restuarant aabutin pa din ng hundred thousands yon bill nila dahil sa number nila.

    yung laki ng entourage bi arroyo ay isa pang issue. ginagawa lang nilang isang malaking junket ang pagpunta sa ibang bansa. dyan pa lang sa laki ng entourage halatang hindi moral si arroyo.

    mark jokerst :
    and sabi ko nga, sa state na yon, lahat talaga mahal and still kahit sa pinakamurang restuarant aabutin pa din ng hundred thousands yon bill nila dahil sa number nila.

    hindi tutoo yan. marami ding mura at tamang presyo na mga restaurant doon. kaso mo ang pinili nilang reataurant ay yung isa sa pinakamahal sa NY. ang kapal ng mukha!

  17. doorkn0b
    August 17, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    mark jokerst :

    ! doorknob: and eating at a hotdog stand would only trigger another issues from those heartless critics. sasabihin na naman, malapit na election and she’s only doing it kasi gusto ulet magrun ng position. and besides, may sarili syang pera, she can eat at any restaurant she wants. it is her rights. hindi dahil sa public servant sya, idedeprive nya yon sarili nya to eat something nice.

    kung public servant ka, dapat sundin mo ang mga batas at higit sa lahat dapat maging sensitive ka sa katayuan ng mga taong pinagsisilbihan mo.

    si arroyo ay HINDI private citizen. si arroyo ay isang PUBLIC OFFICIAL. dapat maging sensitive siya sa kinakatayuan ng mga mamamayan.

    ngayon, kung ang tingin nya may karapatan siya kumain maski saan, e di tama ang conclusion na ANG KAPAL NG MUKHA NI ARROYO. agree ako sa mga nagsasabi niyan.

    tama nga na sabihin na walang pakialam si arroyo sa mga mahihirap. kung ganyan ang isip niya, hindi siya karapat dapat na maging pangulo ng bansa.

  18. mark jokerst
    August 17, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    i challenge you, tell me a cheap store doon. a hotdog sandwich would cost you 7 dollars around madison park lang. at mere fact that you must be at least earning $51k a year to survive in that state. hindi pa kasama doon ang mga gimicks and stuff..

    • doorkn0b
      August 17, 2009 at 5:33 pm

      ok na yung hotdog. mabuhay si arroyo!

  19. mark jokerst
    August 17, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    @ doorknob: ano na bang nagawa mo sa pilipinas at pag magsalita ka eh napaka-anghang? do you even know what your talking? and besides, pag pinakain nya sa mga unfortunate yon 1 million, then what? sa mga susunod na araw, balik ulet sila sa dati. and based from my experienced, they are not appreciative of the little things you give. they always seek for more. dahil sa dependent na sila ng sobra. yon na lang yong tanong ko, tell me the difference between my dad(a farmer son) and the rest of the less fortunate people. bakit ang dad ko, he managed to finish his studies without a good financial support from his parents.

    • doorkn0b
      August 17, 2009 at 5:37 pm

      hindi ba si arroyo ang nagpauso ng dole out para sa mahihirap?! yun pala drawing lang. kung may malasakit siya sa mga mahihirap, dapat ay pinakita nya sa pagpunta nya sa america.

      yung US$20T na ginastos nya don na pangpataba lang ng bilbil ay maari nang maibigay sa 20,000 na mahirap. base sa world bank, mga 20-25% (?) ng pamilya sa pilipinas ay sumasahod lamang ng $1 sa isang araw. yan ang poverty line. isipin mo yun – 20,000 na pamilya ang pwedeng kumain ng isan hapunan. isang buong barangay!

      20,000 FAMILIES – habang mga 16 lang silang nakinabang sa halagang yun.

  20. kat
    August 17, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    kindly reflect on this joke.
    kid: it’s so weird that my mom keeps telling me “ubusin mo ang iyong pagkain. alam mo bang madaming batang nagugutom?” why, if i eat my food, will the hungry people be full after? or the thirsty be quenched?
    -meaning ba na pag hindi kumain si pangulong arroyo, makakakain na ang mga nagugutom na pilipino? HINDI.

    those who haven’t experienced going to the US or other countries like singapore, japan, etc DON’T HAVE A RIGHT TO JUDGE WHETHER THE PRICE IS HIGH OR LOW. iba ang standards dito sa philippines compared to other countries. $10 isn’t expensive in the US but in the philippines, it is. so those who aren’t completely aware of the increasing prices of goods in other countries, please check muna ah

    by the way, one thing i don’t like about the attitude of filipinos is CRAB MENTALITY. when somebody goes up, people will try their best to bring him down just so they will be the ones who will succeed.. then the cycle goes on. ano na ba mangyayari kung puro ganito? hopefully i do not have that attitude. so help me God.

  21. kat
    August 17, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    PS. why do people have to judge our current president as if THEY KNOW THAT THEY ARE BETTER.. kung gusto nyo kayo na lang tumakbo kung alam nyo pala ang tama e! tapos, pag kayo naman ang pumalit, ibababa din kayo ng ibang tao. why? CRAB MENTALITY. can’t you see GMA is trying her best to bring the philippines to the first world?? try nyo muna iview sa side ni GMA.. why not diba? walang mawala sainyo.

  22. marjorie
    August 17, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    we should not stop getting our public officials to do right for the country. a big part of that is telling them they are wrong.

    the biggest weakness of the arroyo administration is it is self-centered. it does not do things for the greater good, only for the good of the few.

  23. mjokerst
    August 17, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    darn right KAT. these irrational people don’t have any idea yon mga prices sa NY. at talaga naman pag convert mo into peso mahal talaga.

    @ marjorie: lahat naman sa inyo mali eh. kailan nyo na na-appreciate yon mga ginagawa nilang tama? tanong mo nga sarili mo, when was the last time you wrote somewhere about the good deeds of a public servant?

    sabi ko nga: sadyan nakakalungkot na ganito dito sa country natin, we deal more sa negative nilang ginagawa, hindi sa positive. tuloy everyone are affected.

    I remembered a commencement speaker at UP Diliman graduation if not mistaken last three or four years ago. Sa simple story yet very meaningful:

    Menardo “Butch ” Jimenez Jr. the commencement speaker gave a set of mathematical equation to the group and asked: What can you observe with these equations. He cited these:

    3+4=7, 9+2=11, 8+4=13, and 6+6=12.

    He quoted, everytime he conduct the test, almost 90 percent answered that one of the simple addition is not right. which is true. but the rest of the equation answers were all correct too.

    The point as he mentioned. “Many people immediately focus on the negative instead of the positive. Most of us focus on what is wrong with people more than what is right about them. Examine those 4 equations. 3 are right and only one is wrong. But what is the knee jerk observation? The wrong equation.”

    Relating to this issue, diba tugma sa speech nya.

    Ask yourselves: Kailan nyo pa naapreciate ang President of the good things she did for this country? and post something about it.

  24. jensen tan
    August 18, 2009 at 12:52 am

    I hate to say this but I agree to KRAM. maybe we should think again.

  25. Frank
    August 18, 2009 at 5:02 am

    All I can say is wow… First off, yes I work and live in NYC. Mark, I can name several decent restaurants that won’t cost as much as Le Circue. How many do you want me to name? Hotdogs ? – Gray’s papaya (famous and made infamous by Hayek’s movie) – $3.50 Two franks and a drink. Where’d you get the $7 figure? Even corner sabrett stands don’t cost that much. Yes the cost of living here is much higher than other places but does not mean a decently priced meal cannot be had in this town. Much like in the Philippines or anywhere else, you go to a fancy restaurant, you pay a fancy bill. Le Cirque is up there with the rest of them. GMA’s salary is a whopping 45k pesos a month. For conversation sake, saying other officials footed the bill, well let’s face it, salaries of government officials are not huge, still does not justify paying for the whole entourage, when it would take GMA’s salary almost two years to cover (@ 50 Pesos to 1 dollar), let alone the Rep. Martin Romualdez who supposedly footed the bill. Was this out of pocket – sure they paid out of their own pockets, after filling it with the Taxpayers money.

    • marjorie
      August 18, 2009 at 4:30 pm

      seriously you worked and live sa NYC. right.. what part again? parang tiga tondo ka, sila President kumain sa Greenbelt. Diba mahal talaga. simple logic. stupid..

      • Frank
        August 21, 2009 at 1:36 am

        Why don’t you check your grammar and tenses before you post. Oh right, you’re an idiot and obviously uneducated. I didn’t “worked” and live sa NYC. I STILL work and live in NYC. West 72nd between Park and Columbus. Do you want my phone # too? We can meet up if you can even go here. I dare you. Tell you what, I’ll take a picture with your name the date and time on the cross street here in Manhattan. What can you show?

      • Frank
        August 21, 2009 at 1:41 am

        Oh and btw, why are you replying to me anyway? Are you Mark ? I guess you’re just one of the many idiots who just doesn’t have a clue. Grow up!

      • Frank
        August 21, 2009 at 2:25 am

        Hi again idiot Mark, Marjorie or whatever your name is.

        NYC plate :

        Oh what’s this? NYC Taxis :

        Cool NYPD :

        My Work 1st avenue corner of 44th Street NEW YORK CITY !:

        So Mr. or Ms. Idiot Mark, Marjorie, want some more proof? Your replies only prove how stupid you are, maybe dyslexic, either way you look like a fool. YES I AM IN NEW YORK CITY. Now tell me something I don’t know.

      • Frank
        August 21, 2009 at 2:39 am

        Hi again Idiot Mark, Marjorie or whatever the hell your name is.
        Here’s proof Idiot :

        NYC Plate # :

      • Frank
        August 21, 2009 at 2:40 am

        What’s this? Oh NYC Taxis :

      • Frank
        August 21, 2009 at 2:41 am

        Another taxi shot :

        Cool NYPD :

      • Frank
        August 21, 2009 at 2:42 am

        Another NYPD shot :

        Corner of my work : 1st avenue and 44th street :

  26. stephie.nyc
    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 am

    @mark jokerst – you obviously have not been to new york, and if you have, maybe you were tagging along with some rich friends who stayed in the expensive part of manhattan while pretending that you are one of them. Before you trigger a debate make sure that you have your facts straight. I, for one, work in manhattan, a not very inexpensive part of new york to live in, but i can tell you for sure that the hotdog that i pay for across the street costs about $2.00, and the hotdog that i paid for in upper east side costs about the same. The semi-fine dining restaurant that i ate in with a full course meal in the London Hotel in Midtown costs about 30 per person. Now let’s say have PGMA eat in that restaurant with her so called entourage of 60 people, that would have cost her about $2,000.00 with tax, gratuity and some extra on the side. There is nothing wrong with seeing a president eating from a hotdog stand or a burger joint, as a matter of fact, such scene is very humbling. President Obama ate in a burger chain with Vice president Biden months ago, were they ridiculed for that? Absolutely not. PGMA should be an example of humility not luxury. She is a public servant, not a queen.



    • marjorie
      August 18, 2009 at 4:32 pm

      isa ka pa! mag-isip ka nga. If i am hanging out with rich friends and pretending to be one of them. naisip ko ba na tatagal ako hanging out with them without my own money and manage and stay in NYC as long as I want. again simple logic.

      now tell me kung sino talaga ang nasa NYC

      • stephie.nyc
        August 21, 2009 at 2:24 am

        Simple logic? Obviously, a lot of rich people have one person that they can push around and laugh at. Filipinos call them “utos utosan”, you apparently are one, and being one has some lasting advantages. So good for you for being a joke. Given the fact that you were not able to respond to my points, that makes you an uneducated, irrelevant, illiterate and uncultured imbecile.

        If you can give me the name of the restaurant that is in construction right now in 40th and Broadway then you have proven nothing but that you are in the city. Nevertheless, your opinions have already defined you as retard.

  27. marjorie
    August 18, 2009 at 8:12 am

    that P1Million dinner is indefensible in all aspects. there is no way you can spin that into something positive or even neutral. it was a failure of judgement done by a president who does nothing but play lip service to the poor.

  28. August 18, 2009 at 8:23 am

    to mark jokerst / mark / kram / etc /

    — using different usernames to flood this blog with your comments is not going to convince anyone to your point, it will only irritate the owner/s of this blog and readers.

    flood this blog with your comments using multiple usernames one more time and you will be marked as a spammer and will be disallowed to post comments here.

    • marjorie
      August 18, 2009 at 11:13 am

      wow, kinareer yung pag post ng comments dito. hahaha. nabisto lang nga.

      really now mark – did you really have to do that? baduy mo!

    • Frank
      August 21, 2009 at 2:35 am

      Looks like he’s using your name now marjorie

  29. October 20, 2009 at 10:22 am

    …huh…how ridicolous…president gloria macapagal arroyo must be a dog…hahaha…

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