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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

One dinner that costs too much?

The now popular dinner that cost PGMA's entourage $21,000 got the people even madder than they already are. "It's just a simple dinner," as Remonde puts it. "Not a single centavo of taxpayers' money was spent for that dinner," he added saying that the famous repast was hosted and paid for by Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez. Furthermore, "A Php1 million dinner tab in Manila can be too much but not in New York," says QC Rep. Danilo Suarez, adding that he could have foot the bill..."

Several things come to mind. First, the simplicity angle. A dinner of soup, salad, a main course, drinks and coffee or tea may have been considered simple for their tastes but with that kind of bill, I cannot consider it simple. If we go by Rep. Suarez' argument, why then did the New York Post publish the cost of the dinner? If that was not news for it was indeed ordinary, NY Post would have just ignored it. Dog bites man is not news as opposed to a man biting the dog.

Remonde is quick in saying that he would ask the deputy executive secretary to release this week a financial statement on all expenses incurred during the visit. I do not have any doubt that it will yield nothing with regard to the dinner for it has been paid for by someone else, another government official. Hmmm, could he also look into the pork barrel of the said representative? Or yeah, maybe he is extremely wealthy like Mr. Suarez who is willing to foot the bill for he has lots of cash to spare. But then, the money could have been spent elsewhere, like education where hundreds of children could have benefited like, uhm, the place which he represents.

But of course, I can never understand their ways. Maybe what they have done is justified considering the fortunes of their circumstances and based on what they have. I remember a scene in Jesus Christ Superstar when Judas confronts Christ why He allows Mary Magdalene to use brand new, expensive fine ointment on Him, Jesus answers, "There will be poor always, pathetically struggling, look at the good things you've got." meaning He cannot save the poor by not using expensive things. But then, that's Tim Rice and the play is kind of blasphemous anyway. But maybe, just maybe, there is some truth in that. I will never understand what it is to be rich. I am merely an ordinary man trying to earn a living doing honest hard work. Working hard and staying poor, that is.



Blogger tintin said...

Tito Rols, read Sassy's entry on this.

NY Post is considered in the lower rung of the ladder in terms of respectability.


5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ka Rolly,
Musta na?!
Just want to comment on the "Jesus scene". What He was trying to point out to Judas was its all about Him, i.e. worship and adoration should always be attributed to Him. Incidental ang comment ni Judas about the poor - the Lord knew exactly what he had in mind (i.e. money) ... recall that a few days later, the same man betrayed Jesus.

With regards to GMA, well a similar thing occurs here in New Zealand politics... but to a lesser degree (politicians have travel perks too). But they have been scrutinized lately by the public and the Prime Minister is "considering" a review of the perks.

Talagang, when it comes to power, I guess, what comes around goes around.

That's my 2c worth.


4:28 AM  
Anonymous bertN said...

Talaga yatang ganyan ang nasa puesto - abuso dito, abuso duon. Weather, weather lang. Kailan kaya matatapos ang ganitong political and social conditions sa atin?

11:42 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

tintin Well, tabloid or not, it does not change the fact that they ate there and paid a huge sum, maybe not as reported but nonetheless expensive. It may not have been taxpayers money but still, hundreds of people are having a hard time finding food on the table that night.

kiwi You may be right on that account but I have my own way of interpreting the song.

Power corrupts!

11:57 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

bertN Kelan kaya dadating ang weather ko?

11:58 AM  
Blogger Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

isang milyon pesoses, nakasaad na sa book of guines record...di kaya mabilaukan sa pagkain at atat na atat sa ganyang halaga ng order..gusto ko na talagang maging presidente...kaya lang sanay tayo sa tuyo at sinangag na amlinamnam.

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Cebu Tourist Destination said...

P Gloria Macapagal Arroyo should be investigated her undefined wealth..

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tito rolly ilang dekada na ganyan ang pilipinas magmula pa sa aking pagkabata ganito na ang system natin ,ngayon malapit na akong maging lola eto pa rin sana Gumising na ang Pilipino dahil pera natin winawaldas ng mga corrupt na nasa puesto

12:07 AM  
Blogger bing said...

maaaring tama si imelda marcos na sabihing maliit lang ang halaga ng mga kinain nila dahil sa pera ng amerika maliit yun. but the citizenry had lost the trust. at maaaring di pa nga maniwala na galing sa sarili nilang bulsa. at gaano mang compute ang gawin, it is still big money na pwedeng pakinabangan ng mas nangangailangan.

5:25 PM  
Blogger engineer said...

a very informative blog about life. thanks for inspiring me to do like this! http://www.juan3.com

10:54 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

ever Hindi ata nabilaukan at maraming wine, hehe

cebu tourist I surely hope so.

anonymous Oo nga e. naging accepted system na ata no?

bing maliit? 1 million is 1 million. Ganun ang value nun in whatever form.

engineer I'm glad I have inspired you one way or another. Thanks.

7:30 AM  
Blogger a.r.d.y.e.y. said...

manong rolly! happy birthday! hehehe. =D

1:11 AM  
Blogger rolly said...

ardyey Salamat.

9:41 AM  

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