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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Thursday, 30 July 2009 09:02



G loria M. Arroyo does not really know how to treat with respect the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines. In her eagerness to have a photo opportunity with President Barack H. Obama of the United States, she accepted an invitation for less-than sixty-minutes of audience at the Oval Office. Well, she and her clique can argue that it is more-than the “15 minutes of fame” slogan. But the meeting with Mr. Obama this afternoon will not give her and the American President fame but an infamous distinction of treating the presidency of the Philippines like dirt.


Mrs. Arroyo – if she and her advisers were only using their coconuts – should have waited for an invitation by the White House of a State or even an Official Visit. By going to the White House not on a State or Official Visit, the American President is not obligated to tender for her and her party a State Dinner, a press conference at the Rose Garden and other perks given to a visiting Head of State, such as a 21-gun salute when the Philippine presidential party lands at an American Air Force base. (The Philippine Airlines jumbo jet used by Mrs. Arroyo and her huge entourage just landed at a commercial airport – without any welcoming ceremony.) Mrs. Arroyo and even Mr. Obama have certainly disrespected the people of the Republic of the Philippines, which remains the most-loyal friend of the United States in Asia, if not in the Pacific Rim.


Perhaps the Filipino people will not forgive Mrs. Arroyo for displaying stupidity of the highest order at the highest office in the land. She has disrespected her office and embarrassed her people. The Philippines deserves a President, who can make Filipinos look good, feel good, proud of their multiethnic heritage and prouder of their positive contributions to the world, especially in the global economy and international law and order.


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President Obama Ignores President Gloria Arroyo at the National Prayer Breakfast 


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Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 09:05
Comments (5)
1 Thursday, 30 July 2009 13:12
I am embarassed too. When I heard her SONA, she sounded like a whinning puppy who was out barking at other people & attending to her own responsibilities.

She should concentrate on her own governance & not mind, comment or even compare it with other previous presidents. We have had several disappointing presidents in the past & these will never give her the excuse of doing worse.
2 Thursday, 30 July 2009 15:26
In a message dated 7/30/2009 4:00:46 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, attynd writes:

Thanks. I fully agree with you.
3 Thursday, 30 July 2009 15:28
Thank you, Atty. ND, for your imprimatur. I will post later tonight a constitutional way of removing Gloria Arroyo from the presidency. The title of the article is "Is Stupidity a Constitutional Ground for Ousting a President, her Minions and Lapdogs?"


Bobby M. Reyes
4 Friday, 31 July 2009 17:36
Dear Bob,

You never cease to amaze me with your awesome, thought-provoking articles.
More power!

5 Monday, 03 August 2009 11:29
Dear Bob,

I agree with Berni, your articles are awesome! Keep it going, Mabuhay Radio have many silent supporters. Maybe before she completes her term, the Undeserving Excellency will just step down. Keep up the good work. You know the saying: "The pen is mightier than the sword! It does apply, you know.

Dr. "H"

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