In fact, not classy at all.
Arroyo dined for 1M pesos in New York—report
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.Malacañang Palace's response:
Contrary to the report, Remonde insisted that the dinner was a “simple” one and was hosted by Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez.
The original source of the news, (The New York Post's Page Six, which, yeah, is a gossip column):
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.
GMA isn't just a public figure. She's a public servant. A public servant to a developing democratic country. Listen, no one's asking her to starve herself or eat in the streets on these official trips, but geez, a $20,000 dinner? Even if it was paid for by someone else, it doesn't justify the lavishness of it all. (And it doesn't help that that someone else who paid for dinner was also a Filipino public servant...) Especially when so many Filipinos are literally starving and can't enjoy having three basic meals a day. This is Imelda Marcos-levels of wasteful extravagance, and the height of classlessness.
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