Posts Tagged ‘Manny Pacquiao’

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

Like most people, I am happy that Manny Pacquiao won his  fight against Mexican Marco Antonio Barrera.  And like most people, I was terribly pissed off with the excruciatingly long commercial breaks during the entire broadcast of the fight and even the under card matches.

One example how patently stupid the commercial breaks are was during the singing of the national anthem. The fight ended by lunch time and so the TV broadcast was already delayed. But the promoters of the show here in the Philippines saw it fit to subject their captive TV audience with a deluge of commercials. There was a commercial break after every national anthem sung (I saw two anthems sung. Someone told me three anthems were sung.) Even before the actual fight starts, at least three commercial breaks were aired.

The question we ask, are there limits to these awfully long commercial breaks that take away the fun from watching the match. For those of us who do not have an extra P200-300 for viewing the match “live”, we have no choice but watch the fight on TV. Of course we can always listen to the radio, but that doesn’t even come close to the excitement of watching the match on TV, where you can actually see the fighters and punches they land.

Is it ethical for a TV station or a cable program to be showing too much commercials to the point that it ruins the TV viewing experience? Is there no limit to the number of commercials that these networks can air? How many commercials are they required to show so that they can make a clean profit? And how many commercials beyond that can be considered too much? Is it simply corporate greed that drives these networks to make TV hell for consumers? In the end, who are responsible? Is it just GMA7? or SOLAR sports? What’s the NTC doing by the way?

There was as time when I was irked that ABS-CBN also showed too many commercials during their airings of the Pacquiao fights. When it was GMA7′s turn to air the fights, I was pleasantly surprised that they showed two rounds in succession, that there were no long commercial breaks for each round. That was then though. Last Sunday, GMA7′s coverage (at least the one I saw because I wasn’t watching SOLAR on cable), showed the same abnormally long breaks as the previous carrier of the Pacquiao fights.

Network executives will try to justify the long breaks by saying that they have to earn a profit. (Though none of us have actually seen how much these networks make during the airing of the match.)  The networks will try to explain that they shell out a hefty sum to mobilize satellites and personnel and what not so that we can enjoy the match in the comfort of our living rooms.

True. But one thing they may have overlooked over time was the word “enjoy”. One can’t help but ask if the networks still have our “enjoyment” as a major consideration in the airing of these matches. Or were they were ever a consideration at all.