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Shameless & Dense Philippine Politicians

Nothing will stop shameless & Dense Philippine Politicians not even super typhoon Frank wrecking havoc and fatalities on its path as long as Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her equally dense party in having a good time to the tune of US1.5M. Not even when they are caught lying thru their teeth as Manuel Buencamino pointed out at Uniffors in an article Saving for a Rainy Day:
In his column on Monday, Gonzalez wrote, “I was thankful to be there when Frank came and left behind a trail of destruction and misery, and to experience and see the extent of the damage. After the winds and rain subsided, I was one of the first passengers to leave Iloilo to make my report to the President personally before Her Excellency left for that very important state visit to the US.”

Gonzalez wrote it, I didn’t. I merely brought it to your attention.

When House Majority Leader Arthur Defensor said, “It’s too late for the President to back out. If the President were to cancel, it would be a national embarrassment. This is not an ordinary trip,” was he telling the whole truth and nothing but?
Ramon Tulfo of Inquirer stressed the obvious, to quote:
The government spent $1.5 million for President Gloria and her friends in Congress in her recent visit to the United States.

They stayed in the best hotels. They rented 30 cars.

They paid $207++ per plate for their dinners.
For their visit, 250 Philippine consulate officials in the US had to be mobilized to serve their every need.

All of these perks they enjoyed while the country was suffering from the devastation wrought by Typhoon “Frank.”

For the information of the public, the following are the legislators who accompanied the President on that trip: Narciso Santiago III, Alliance for Rural Concerns party list; Monico Puentevella, Bacolod; Albert Garcia, Bataan; Mark Llandro L. Mendoza, Batangas; Hermilando Mandanas, Batangas;

William Irwin Tieng, Buhay party list; Jose Zubiri III, Bukidnon; Lorna Silverio, Bulacan; Mitzi Cajayon, Caloocan; Diosdado “Dato” Macapagal-Arroyo, Camarines Sur;

Joseph Santiago, Catanduanes; Elpidio Barzaga Jr., Cavite; Antonio Cuenco, Cebu; Eduardo Gullas, Cebu; Deputy Speaker Raul del Mar, Cebu City; Rommel Amatong, Compostela Valley;

Speaker Prospero Nograles, Davao City; Antonio Lagdameo, Davao del Norte; Marc Cagas, Davao del Sur; Nelson Dayanghirang, Davao Oriental; Teodoro Coquilla, Eastern Samar;

Andres Salvacion, Leyte; Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, Leyte; Trinidad Apostol, Leyte; Ma. Zenaida Angping, Manila; Amado S. Bagatsing, Manila; Bienvenido Abante Jr., Manila; Rizalina Seachon-Lanete, Masbate; Herminia Ramiro, Misamis Occidental; Yevgeny Emano, Misamis Oriental; Rozzano Rufino Biazon, Muntinlupa; Joseph Gilbert Violago, Nueva Ecija; Deputy Speaker Ma. Amelita C. Villarosa, Occidental Mindoro;cut short their US trip in sympathy for the victims of Typhoon Frank

Anna York Bondoc, Pampanga; Aurelio Gonzales Jr., Pampanga; Juan Miguel Macapagal Arroyo, Pampanga; Conrado Estrella III, Pangasinan; Ma. Rachel Arenas, Pangasinan; Eduardo Zialcita, Paranaque; Roman Romulo, Pasig City;

Mary Ann Susano, Quezon City; Nanette Castelo-Daza, Quezon City; Danilo Suarez, Quezon province; Junie Cua, Quirino; Arturo B. Robes, San Jose del Monte; Roger Mercado, Southern Leyte; Munir Arbeson, Sulu; Rex Gatchalian, Valenzuela City; and Antonio Diaz, Zambales and Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.

It’s all up to you if you will vote for those legislators again in 2010.
Indeed, if only we can address the problem of a fraudulent prone electoral system where backdoor operators decides the outcome.

For inquiries on the status of passengers Sulpicio Lines has uploaded the passenger manifest, updated list of survivors and crew list, send inquiries via email at sulpicio@sulpiciolines.com or call their Manila Hot line at (02) 242-4258, (02) 474-5205 (02) Cebu (032) 5162728 Mobile 09174228344, 09174228339

Note: Parañaque City Rep. Ed Zialcita, Bukidnon Rep. Jose Zubiri III and Bulacan Rep. Lorna Silverio wrote Tulfo that they did not join the junket. Two more representatives namely party-list Rep. Narciso Santiago III and Manila Rep. Benny Abante also informed Tulfo they did not go with the delegation.

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