Posts Tagged ‘george w. bush’

Now that Arroyo’s back from the US, let’s take time to review why most people felt outraged by the junket. I got the following from an email by a friend.
WHAT

CAN BE

MORE

CALLOUS

THAN

THIS?

While Typhoon Frank devastated the country and claimed more than 650 lives, including the poor victims of the MV Princess of the Stars sea tragedy, illegitimate President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her 74 junketeers mindlessly spend billions of taxpayers’ money to visit Bush and watch Pacquiao fight in the US.

MONEY SPENT MINDLESSLY

USD 1.5 M JUNKET!

300-5000 – Willard Hotel rate

30 rooms booked

400-500 – Dinner per plate

207++ – Airline rate per person

800-1000 – Rental per car

30 cars rented

250 consulate officials mobilized

THE PERKS

P100,000 – each congressman gets monthly travel allowance

P1,620 – travel tax exemption when traveling with the President

WHO ARE THE 74 JUNKETEERS?


Representative Province

Rep. Narciso Santiago III, Alliance for Rural Concerns Party List Group

Rep. Monico Puentevella, Bacolod

Rep. Albert Garcia, Bataan

Rep. Mark Llandro L. Mendoza, Batangas

Rep. Hermilando Mandanas, Batangas

Rep. William Irwin Tieng, Buhay Party List Group

Rep. Jose Zubiri III, Bukidnon

Rep. Lorna Silverio, Bulacan

Rep. Mitzi Cajayon, Caloocan

Rep. Diosdado “Dato” Macapagal Arroyo, Camarines Sur

Rep. Joseph Santiago, Catanduanes

Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr., Cavite

Rep. Antonio Cuenco, Cebu

Rep. Eduardo Gullas, Cebu

Deputy Speaker Raul Del Mar, Cebu City

Rep. Rommel Amatong, Compostela Valley

Speaker Prospero Nograles, Davao City

Rep. Antonio Lagdameo, Davao Del Norte

Rep. Marc Cagas, Davao Del Sur

Rep. Nelson Dayanghirang, Davao Oriental

Rep. Teodolo Coquilla, Eastern Samar

Rep. Andres Salvacion, Leyte

Rep. Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, Leyte

Rep. Trinidad Apostol, Leyte

Rep. Ma. Zenaida Angping, Manila

Rep. Amado S. Bagatsing, Manila

Rep. Bienvenido Abante Jr., Manila

Rep. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete, Masbate

Rep. Herminia Ramiro, Misamis Occidental

Rep. Yevgeny Emano, Misamis Oriental

Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon, Muntinlupa

Rep. Joseph Gilbert Violago, Nueva Ecija

Deputy Speaker Ma. Amelita C. Villarosa, Occidental Mindoro

Rep. Anna York Bondoc, Pampanga

Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr., Pampanga

Rep. Juan Miguel Macapagal Arroyo, Pampanga

Rep. Conrado Estrella III, Pangasinan

Rep. Ma. Rachel Arenas, Pangasinan

Rep. Eduardo C. Zialcita, Parañaque

Rep. Roman Romulo, Pasig City

Rep. Mary Ann Susano, Quezon City

Rep. Nanette C. Castelo-Daza, Quezon City

Rep. Danilo Suarez, Quezon Province

Rep. Junie Cua, Quirino

Rep. Arturo B. Robes, San Jose Del Monte

Rep. Roger Mercado, Southern Leyte

Rep. Munir Arbison, Sulu

Rep. Rex Gatchalian, Valenzuela City

Rep. Antonio Diaz, Zambales

Senate

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago

Sen. Richard Gordon

Cabinet

Sec. Arthur Yap, Agriculture

Sec. Rolando Andaya, Budget

Sec. Gov. Amando Tetangco, Central Bank

Sec. Gilbert Teodoro, Defense

Sec. Ronaldo Puno, DILG

Sec. Jesli Lapus, Education

Sec. Lito Atienza, Environment

Sec. Margarito Teves, Finance

Sec. Alberto Romulo, Foreign Affairs

Acting Sec. Marianito Roque, Labor

Sec. Ignacio Bunye, Presidential Spokesman

Sec. Jesus Dureza, Press

Sec. Peter Favila, Trade

I’d like to thank Pagsasao for calling our attention to the meeting of US president George W. Bush and Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

As we in Bayan earlier pointed out, the meeting won’t really result in anything beneficial to Filipinos it would just be reinforcing unequal ties, more than anything.

Here’s the transcript from the White House website.

President George W. Bush welcomes President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Republic of the Philippines to the Oval Office Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at the White House. The President expressed deep condolences for those affected by Typhoon Fengshen saying,

President Bush Meets with President Arroyo of the Philippines
Oval Office

A.M. EDT

PRESIDENT BUSH: Madam President, it is a pleasure to welcome you back to the Oval Office. We have just had a very constructive dialogue. First, I want to tell you how proud I am to be the President of a nation that — in which there’s a lot of Philippine-Americans. They love America and they love their heritage. And I reminded the President that I am reminded of the great talent of the — of our Philippine-Americans when I eat dinner at the White House. (Laughter.)

PRESIDENT ARROYO: Yes.

PRESIDENT BUSH: And the chef is a great person and a really good cook, by the way, Madam President.

We talked about our friendship, our bilateral relations, and we

spent some time on foreign policy.

First, I expressed our deep condolences to those who suffered as a result of the typhoon. And I know there’s some families that are hurting. Some are wondering whether or not their loved ones will, you know, reappear. We, the American people care about the human suffering that’s taking place, and we send our prayers.

Secondly, I informed the President — Secretary Gates informed the President, th

rough me, that the United States will move the USS Ronald Reagan, a large aircraft carrier, to help with the assistance, along with other U.S. Navy assets. We’re happy to do it. We want to help our friends in a time of need.

We talked about, you know, food, and I assured the President we’ll continue to help. We helped with rice in the past. And, you know, I’m proud of my country. We give a lot of food aid, and this is a time where America needs to step up, and we will, Madam President.

We talked about our mutual desire to advance how important it is to move forward the bilateral and multilateral trade agendas. I’m a — I believe trade is beneficial to both our countries. I’m hopeful we can get a Doha Round done, and we strategized together about how we can move the process.

I congratulated the President on her strong stand on counterterrorism — more than strong stand — effective stand on counterterrorism, as well as laying out a vision for peace. The President has been very strong in having a carrots-and-sticks approach — “sticks,” of course, say we’re not going to allow for people to terrorize our citizens; the “carrot” approach is that there’s peace available.

We talked about Burma, the area, the region. The President has been a very strong leader when it comes to the freedom agenda and human dignity.

And so, all in all, we had a very constructive talk. I’m proud you’re here.

PRESIDENT ARROYO: Thank you.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Thanks for coming.

PRESIDENT ARROYO: Thank you, thank you. Mr. President, with your permission, I’d like to address our countrymen in my own native language.

(Speaks in Tagalog. Translation provided by the State Department.) Fellow countrymen, America is a strong ally in supporting our efforts to strengthen our economy and reinforce our democracy. The Philippines and the United States have a strong relationship, and we are here today to discuss important bilateral issues with President Bush, members of his administration, and congressional leaders. As President Bush mentioned, we will focus our discussions, now more than ever, on food shortages, defense cooperation, and economic aid. Together with our friends, such as America, let us join forces and move our country forward towards the company of first world developed nations over the next 20 years.

Long live the Philippines, and long live the friendship between the Philippines and the United States.

PRESIDENT BUSH: I couldn’t have said it better myself. (Laughter.)

PRESIDENT ARROYO: Thank you.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Thank you, all.

END of PRESS CON 10:30 A.M. EDT

DUH?! That was it? That was the all important meeting that Arroyo couldn’t pass up even if her countrymen were being ravaged by a killer typhoon? So we can be told how good cooks Filipino-Americans are?

Just to read the Bush quotes like:

“We talked about..you know, food…”

“And, you know, I’m proud of my country. We give a lot of food aid…”

“Some are wondering whether or not their loved ones would…you know, reappear…”

“The President has been very strong in having a carrots-and-sticks approach…”

Any self-respecting and right-thinking person would be appalled to hear such words from the president of the United States. For anyone to actually want to hear such words more than anything else (more than, say the pleas of typhoon victims?)….that’s just plain dumb.

And what about the aircraft carrier to be used to rescue Filipinos lost at sea during the storm? That one’s weird too. A Philippine Senator already said that aircraft carriers can’t be used for rescue missions.

The meeting, as expected, was a big dud. What a waste.