Whatever anyone says, she is still the most powerful lady in the land, and she can certainly order your head to roll if she wants.
I cannot comprehend how she has become so unpopular…
I still remember the time in 2000 when we were desperate to have her become the President of the Philippines, as we were quickly and surely sinking deeper and deeper [ as in Madonna's song "Deeper and Deeper" ] under the leadership of President Joseph Ejercito Estrada, a handsome, charismatic, debonair, dapper, dashing, sexy alpha male / macho man whose temperament and habits were not quite suited to the demands of being the President of the Philippines.
I don’t know whom to believe…
The gentlemen say that she has the Philippine military effectively in her grip. They are very happy with their generous compensations from the palace. That is why she can scold and humiliate them openly and freely during cabinet meetings and other public affairs without fear of their retaliation. That is why the gentlemen claim that we will no longer have any “coup d’ etat” during the remaining tenure of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: Every single key person from the top general to the mere barangay functionary from Aparri to Jolo is on a regular, considerable payroll from Malacanang Palace.
It sounds logical if you ask me. Rather Machiavellian… and I daresay brilliant of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, if that is indeed what she has been doing. After all, “Money makes the world go round” is a universally acknowledged reality.
The Ladies say that the Philippine military has her effectively in their grip. They claim that she cannot make a single move without the assent and support of her generals. The ladies claim that the “balance of power” was much affected when the “Hyatt 11″ technocrats — eleven highly-qualified and principled Cabinet secretaries — withdrew their support from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo: it paved the way for PGMA to be wholly dependent on her reliable and loyal military men and thus the power at the palace came to be monopolized by the Philippine military.
It doesn’t sound logical if you ask me, for the “Hyatt 11″ had no real political power [ probably moral power, but that's an entirely different question, we're dealing with reality here ] but that’s what the ladies say. They venture further that it was precisely at that time that the bigtime gambling lords and the USD $$$ multimillionaire industrialists further consolidated their influence / hold / grip on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo by putting their big money where their mouths and motives were. Smart people if you ask me: “Rub my back and I’ll rub yours.”
The gays say that her couturiers can’t get her body proportions — particularly the proportion, construction, execution and movement of her “terno” sleeves — therefore her dresses, right and that she remains, on account of her short stature and difficult proportions, the couture nightmare that the legendary Ramon Valera once considered her to be, along with superstar Nora Aunor [ The Charice Pempengco of the early 1970s ].
Now, Trust The Gays to notice the darndest things about Anybody…
Granted, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is not the ethereally beautiful, tall, long-limbed, soignee swan that is the former First Lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos. But then, how many Ladies are? Neither were Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, Amelita Ramos, Rosemarie Jimenez-Arenas, Ricky Reyes, nor Luisa Ejercito, G*ia Gomez, nor La*rni Enriquez.
By popular — or unpopular??? — demand. Go, ravers and ranters!!!