[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 10 August 2009 Monday

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Newsbriefs 10 August 2009 Monday

Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan

 

Arroyo dined for P1M in New York-report (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her party racked up a dinner bill of close to P1 million at a ritzy New York restaurant during her recent trip to the United States, according to an online news report.

And the militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), which referred to the story of the New York Post that was posted August 7 on its website, is demanding an explanation.

Richard Johnson wrote the brief report in the Page Six "Eat and Drink" section of the NY Post online edition.

It read: "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 services, Carlos Garcia, was found guilty earlier this year of perjury and two of his sons were arrested in the US on bulk cash-smuggling charges. Macapagal-Arroyo ordered several bottles of very expensive wine, pushing the dinner tab up to $20,000."

"Malacañang has a lot of explaining to do about this latest allegation which came out in an American paper. Who spent for the lavish dinner?" Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. said in a statement.

Palace: Just simple dinner (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines-Malacañang is furious at reports that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her party spent close to P1 million for a dinner at a classy New York restaurant, which triggered denunciations of "brazen" spending at a time when many Filipinos have nothing to eat.

"Not a single centavo of taxpayers' money was spent for that dinner," an angry Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said Sunday, referring to the dinner at Le Cirque restaurant on Aug. 2 during Ms Arroyo's visit to the United States.

To quell speculation about Ms Arroyo's supposedly wasteful spending, Remonde said he would ask the deputy executive secretary for finance to release this week a financial statement on all expenses incurred during the visit.

"The report was grossly exaggerated, really exaggerated," Remonde said in his weekly media forum on state-run Radyo ng Bayan. "That's what you call agitation propaganda to anger the people."

'Satisfaction with Arroyo gov't improves slightly' (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
MANILA - Net satisfaction with the Arroyo administration improved slightly in the second quarter as government efforts to fight terrorism and lower prices of medicine paid off, research firm Social Weather Stations said Monday. 

The survey, fielded from June 19-22, 2009, found 32 percent of adults satisfied and 42 percent dissatisfied with the overall performance of the National Administration, for a poor net satisfaction rating of -11 (% satisfied minus % dissatisfied, correctly rounded).

The net satisfaction ratings of the Arroyo administration used to be a poor -19 in February 2009.

SWS also polls the public on the performance of the National Administration on specific issues. Compared to the previous quarter, the net satisfaction ratings of the National Administration were better on seven out of 13 issues.

 

Noynoy can't bank on Cory magic, analysts say (www.gmanews.tv)
 

Riding on the coattails of his late mother's popularity might not sweep Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III to presidency, political analysts say. 

Ateneo de Manila University Professor Benito Lim said it might be difficult for Noynoy to win the presidential elections in 2010 if he would merely rely on banking on former President Corazon Aquino's fame.

Mrs. Aquino was catapulted into power through a people's uprising against Marcos' dictatorial rule. She is considered an icon of democracy who taught the world that authoritarian regimes can be toppled through non-violent means. 

According to Lim, Cory's past political endorsements were not as successful as hoped, citing Noynoy himself as an example.



Europe OKs P438-m food aid to Mindanao (www.manilastandardtoday.com)

The European Commission has approved a grant of 6.4 million euros (P438 million) to support food security in Mindanao areas wracked by Muslim extremism.

The grant will help address high food prices and assure food security in five provinces inhabited by the country's Muslim minority, the European Union's executive arm said in a statement it released over the weekend.

Part of the program includes restoring agricultural infrastructure and assisting the government in identifying vulnerable areas so that aid can be extended there more effectively, it said.

 



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