August 23, 2009 in columns
(how thick is the pagmumukha-walanghiya sa worldwide)
The first duty of a human being is to assume the right functional relationship to society — more briefly, to find your real job, and do it. — Charlotte Perkins Gilman
(how thick is the pagmumukha//walanghiya sa worldwide)
The Filipinos especially the poor can only get hungrier and angrier after knowing how much President Gloria Arroyo and her cohorts spend for those luxurius dinners abroad. The Filipino workers’ blood pressure shoot up after learning that this administration failed to pay P19.2 billion debt to the Philippine Health Corporation (Philhealth).
Arroyo and her group spent P37 million worth of public funds in US while the 79 million members of Philhealth, most of them workers, sacrifice to have their salaries deducted to contribute to Philhealth. These members hope that when they will need the benefits from the Philhealth, they can get it because they know they have paid. Too bad, they are under the administration where delicadeza is not in their vocabulary.
Of the P37 million, around 13 million of it went to transportation expense. And the P37 million did not include the expenditures of 27 congressmen who went with Arroyo to US.
When the palace is bombarded with questions on their expensive trips, the thick- face of Malacañang Press Secretary Cerge Remonde surfaces to say they are still “frugal” when they are in US.And he is not ashamed of himself saying that if not for the “aggressive” trips of Arroyo, the Philippine economy would be worse. As if our economy was in good condition under their administration. Where in the world did Remonde get his balls, saying those expensive trip are part of of his master’s “hard work” and being an “aggressive” salesman? So she is selling the Philippines then?
But according to the militant Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) national head office, Arroyo’s expensive trips which had cost the Philippines P2.5 billion have only brought tons of debts which will be passed to generations of taxpayers. Arroyo’s trips contributed P2.02 billion to the P4 trillion debt, the biggest since the Cory Aquino administration.
Every trip of Arroyo, she spends hundreds of thousands if not millions of pesos that is called “lavish-lavish” (labis-labis) at the expense of the Filipino people. And if the Filipinos complain, so-called Charter-Change and term extension are in the air.
As Mr. Conrado de Quiros said in his column, “tatagalugin ko para maintindihan, ang kakapal ng pagmumukha ninyo.” #nordis.net