Ultra Gloria

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!!!


  1. Jesus Oria said,

    September 28, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    I was born in the Philippines – lived and was educated (Malate Catholic School) there but left the country in 1970 when my company moved me and my family to Singapore. Still have a few relatives living in Quezon city.

    Still love my native country but, sorry to say, I don’t keep up with what’s going on there. Really saddened to read about what’s happening and the people that are responsible for the mess. Let’s all pray for better things to come!!!

    Mabuhay !!!

    Jess Oria

  2. Cousin Paz said,

    August 25, 2009 at 1:20 am

    The “bag lady” who carried the cash to pay for the 2nd steak dinner was M*dy P*blad*r. She was with Stuart Little’s party/junket and was one of the few allowed to join her short meeting with Obama in the Oval Office. I heard that a member of the presidential party was left out in favor of dear bag lady M*dy. The lady weilds power in as far as Stuart is concerned. She has “bagged” other issues for Stuart in the past including the Garci tape scandal (remember the San Carlos Seminary incident years back?)

  3. MRGL-LL-A-T said,

    August 21, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Why Arroyo seeks an Obama audience

    WHY is the 14th president of the Philippines, Gloria Arroyo, going to Washington for a 30-minute meeting with the water-walking Americanpresident? The easy answer is that she’s tried four times so far to meet him, to get some burnish off his shine, to help with her rock-bottom image back home. She even all but broke into a prayer breakfast in Washington to which heads of state were not invited (other than the host president), in hopes of a meeting. She flew all the way from Dubai on hearing of the breakfast, got herself attached to a congressional delegation, and then didn’t get even a minute with Barack Obama.

    She reportedly chewed out the Philippine ambassador for not being camera-ready to show the folks back home how close she came.

    Now, as an American I don’t like to say it, but visits by or to an American president are always valuable back home. Bill Clinton, planning a visit to Africa and choosing Ghana as main stop, wouldn’t commit to the visit until strongman Flt Lieut Jerry Rawlings had publicly committed to stepping down after the impending elections. Once there, Clinton put his fingers back in the fire to get another commitment. Rawlings did indeed step down.

    Everyone in Manila is hoping that’s the real reason why Obama is receiving Arroyo. She just refuses to commit to ending her term next June peaceably. Oddly, the American embassy thinks she won’t make a fuss (something small like martial law, locking up all the opposition, for example) and they may know things that I don’t. Or they are asleep on the job. There’s good reason for her to want to linger at the palace, where she also spent four teenage years during her reformist father’s presidency… Believed to be the most corrupt president in Philippine history, according to popular polls, Arroyo knows she can be slapped with multiple criminal charges the minute she surrenders immunity. And not just in Manila but elsewhere, like San Francisco, where she and her husband reportedly own properties, and injunctions can be laid against questions of laundered money.

    Now what does Obama know about all this? The president might only get a 15-minute briefing from an assistant secretary in these circumstances, because the president already has a feel for Southeast Asia. But one thing he’s sure to hear about is a CIA report alleging that her husband bagged a vast amount of money in the Middle East, intended for Filipino development, and promptly handed over half of it, for safekeeping, to his brother, a congressman.

    He forgot that his sister-in-law is a Phil-Am Californian, where property is divided 50-50 in case of divorce. So what did the wife do? According to this report, she sued for divorce, leaving the “First Gentleman” with the choice of going after the money and thus revealing its source, or just writing it off. But that’s just for starters…

    Obama will know of the report of a highly regarded jurist, Phillip Alston, that the almost 1,000 “disappearances” of non-governmental organisation workers and journalists (“extra-judicial executions” is the term he used) in the provinces didn’t pass the straight-face test at the palace; that nothing like this could have happened without some blessing from on high.

    “Soldiers don’t go around killing civilians just for the hell of it,” an elder statesman in Manila commented — and he’s a retired general at that. “They’d only do that if pushed from the top.”

    Obama, of course, is concerned with terrorism, and there’s revolution still in the Muslim parts of Mindanao, with long arms reaching into al-Qaeda. And the Philippines is an important and long-time ally of the US. But to argue that this is why Obama is seeing Arroyo doesn’t pass the straight-face test either. Not for a 30-minute meeting; not even a “working visit”.

    What’s happened is that, in contrast with Indonesia where high-level prosecution of corruption is moving steadily forward along with the economy, the Philippines is being dragged lower and lower: its place on the world corruption index has fallen precipitously, there’s an atmosphere of impunity at the top, and investors are running scared.

    Last week, I briefed a group of European bankers, and the only thing they wanted to know was whether Arroyo would step down. They are correctly calculating that if she doesn’t, all hell will break loose here, with the economy careening accordingly..

    No president has ever had lower popularity ratings. But Arroyo is safe from impeachment by a compliant House of Representatives. Everyone’s willing to let her sit out her term, if only because everyone is tired of “people power” in the streets.

    But if she breaks ranks and declares martial law on some trumped-up reason (like the recent bombings, widely believed to have been planted to condition the population) or finds another way to trump the constitution, everyone will once again pour out into the streets — and this time it will be bloody.

    The writer is professor emeritus at the Fletcher School of Law &
    Diplomacy, Tufts University

  4. AnonyMouse said,

    August 12, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Neverending feast! Turns out they partied a few days before, in Washington. Note the manner of payment. In today’s NYPost

  5. AnonyMouse said,

    August 11, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Page 6 has a follow-up article to the Gloria dinner: http://www.nypost.com/seven/08112009/gossip/pagesix/philippines_fury_over_feast_183922.htm
    ’twasn’t a Gloria poseur who came to dinner as someone suggested earlier. Page 6 is usually very good at checking out their sources, so if it appears there, it happened. A good question to ask is what or who prompted them to come up with the tidbit? Whoever did also made sure the Garcia tidbit was thrown in. Gloria is not interesting enough for the NY crowd to garner Page 6 posts (now she is of course!)

  6. periphery said,

    August 11, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    P*ñeta,… Anna is a member of congress now? Gosh, I feel so old AND out of touch. She’s a Puyat, grew up in Wack-Wack, went to Poveda with a couple of my first cousins, studied at UP Diliman. Nice girl way back then, unlike her brother JP. Well, he was nice, too, but a bit of a troublemaker occasionally (joined Upsilon, if memory serves).

  7. Babblefish said,

    August 11, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Remonde said it was but “a simple meal” and they enjoyed a “set menu”.
    Maybe in GMA’s eyes it was but “a simple meal”.
    Where you put your eyes, that’s about the size.
    How many of us, during Christmas, give baskets filled with ingredients for spaghetti and fruit salad, not realizing that the poor blokes we give them to cannot even afford the LPG to cook the spaghetti with, or have a refrigerator to keep the salad from spoiling?
    What GMA and (possibly) Romualdez did was callous and insensitive yes, but that is, sadly, how the clueless but well-meaning are.

    Toto, I was shocked to learn that along with the action star, two other cabalens joined the junket: Dong Gonzales and Anna York-Bondoc. Any relation to the former, and what do you know about the family and background of the latter?

  8. Garganta Inflamada said,

    August 10, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Baka naman it was somebody else using GMA’s name. I remember once when we were going to be late for a Broadway curtain, we called the theatre and said that “…Mrs. Jackie K-O was going to be a little late, and could they hold the curtain for like 15 mins”?

    It worked. We got to our seats in time, and just slunked down knowing Jackie O was NOT really showing up that night. (Of course, the joke would’ve been on us if she actually had been seated there earlier… ) 🙂 🙂

    So maybe it was some mani-nira of GMA who posed as them (I know…there aren’t too many poseurs for GMA 😉 ). Just a theory. But would Jean and Michelle Duvalier have done any less? Of course not!!


  9. periphery said,

    August 10, 2009 at 6:31 am

    I bet one shiny peso that the restaurant bill was paid for by Juan de la Cruz. But even if the Romualdez person did foot the bill, the bottom line is that Pangulong Bansot and her ilk showed callous, utter disregard for propriety. They are public officials from a very poor country, and it is in very bad form for them to live high on the hog at Le Cirque while (a) knowing that the vast majority of the people they (supposedly) serve are dirt poor and (b) knowing that their country had just begun mourning Cory Aquino’s recent death. Bastos and walang delicadeza.

    And anyway, since they obviously were all about conspicuous consumption and pa-sosi… Le Cirque??? Oy. They couldn’t have gone to Jean Georges or Le Bernardin? And if the illustrious Lito Lapid (snicker) thought that service at Le Cirque was “slow”, he’d have had a conniption if they had gone to Per Se. Hindi yata sanay the action star sa service na hindi carinderia style. *snort* And don’t even get me started on the stupid congressman’s comments about expensive restaurants and “5-star hotels”. How very provincial. Moron.

  10. Cousin Paz said,

    August 10, 2009 at 3:39 am

    Nobody believes GMA’s alibi that the Le Cirque dinner was paid for by Meldy’s nephew. In the first place, it was their wedding anniversary dinner. It was obvious that they footed the bill and treated everyone who they invited to the Obama junket! Why do you think Remonde is going crazy giving the best answers to reporters so that he could defend his boss’s consistent, yet insensitive (to the Filipino people) actions.

  11. bestbudd said,

    August 10, 2009 at 2:21 am

    is it true that GMA is president Macs daughter from the second wife? what happened to the first wife and kids from the first?

  12. Garganta Inflamada said,

    August 9, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Konbanwa, Oh please. It’s not like the first time a visiting head of state has indulged him/herself while visiting the Big Apple. What about ALL THE TIMES LA IMIERDA partied during most of her high-flying 21 years? As a matter of fact, this would be a good time as any to enumerate the foreign jaunts the Marcoses took…at least in their early years:

    Sept 1966* – state visits to Wash, DC and Japan

    Dec 1977* – to Canberra for OZ PM Holt’s death

    Jan 1968 – state visits to Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia (while the Lopezes celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary) — wink! wink!!

    May 1968* – IRM check-up at Walter Reed Hospital, Wash, DC (w/ kids, she visited Disneyland; they were one month ahead of us.)

    April 1969 – Eisenhower’s funeral, back to DC

    May 1969* – to Rome for Rosales’ investitute; Tehran on way home

    June 1970* – IRM to Osaka for Expo ’70

    Sept 1970 – Rome; to London to take Balimbing to school

    Oct 1971* – New Delhi, Persepolis, London (take the 2 gals to school), NYC, Detroit (visit to Christina, ahem!!)

    March 1972 – London, Madrid, London again, Moscow, London

    Jan-Feb 1973* – Washington, NYC, Texas (for the plastic surgery treatment; doctor should’ve botched it 🙂 ), London, Rome

    Nov 1973 – NYC

    May 1974 – inauguration of Sydney Opera House

    Sept 1974* – Beijing

    Nov 1974 – NYC (supposedly for the opening of the Philippine Center there…but also a celebration of her grabbing the old townhouse on East 66th where Philippine offices used to be housed. So, actually, a private inauguration of Chez Imierda a la New York.)

    Feb 1975 – Nepal

    March 1975 – Egypt

    October 1982* – Whole family again + a retinue of about 35 people for the state visit to DC in Reagan’s first term.

    Need I go on? And there must’ve been at least 18 more (most of them just IRM) until they were dethroned in 1986. (* – with one, two or all three kids in tow.)

    At probably US$250,000 per trip (just say for the official expenses, what do you have there? At least US$5 million (in 1970s-80s dollars) for twenty trips alone. What about the spending in the background we never heard about? Or in some cases, the extra jet or 2 behind just filled with ‘pasalubongs’ por di ginirals en der waybs. Certainly, IRM did not eat at BurgerKing or Subway…or at least during her trial phase.

    So what is one meal at Le Cirque? I think I would’ve objected more to being hosted by the blood money of the IRM kin. Yeah, despite the death of Cory, the Philippines still has a long way to go in terms of political maturity. And the nation is going on 600 years old…. Sad.

  13. kibosh said,

    August 9, 2009 at 5:49 am


    Even Jesus Christ said: “The Poor you shall always have with you.”

    IMHO, it is good for the President of the Philippines and her retinue to be seen in nice places like “Le Cirque” in New York. At least, we Filipinos don’t come across as too hard up to the global community.

  14. Konbanwa said,

    August 9, 2009 at 5:10 am

    Garganta Inflamada:

    IMHO, “Ultra Gloria” & Co. shouldn’t even have stepped into New York’s posh “Le Cirque” restaurant [ how 1980s Reagan Era 😛 ], even upon the invitation of the very rich Martin Gomez Romualdez [ where did that $$$ money come from in the first place? ]. It was in plain and simple BAD TASTE for the president of a poor nation, and her coterie, to be seen indulging themselves in such a way, in New York City of all places. How can they explain that one dish of first class French “foie gras” is equal to one month’s salary of a factory employee in Manila? How can they explain that a “decent” [ and I’m not even talking of “grand cru” like Lafite, Petrus, Haut-Brion, etc. ] bottle of French wine is equal to one month’s salary of a public school teacher in Manila? The height of INSENSITIVITY, at a time when Filipino public approval is at an all-time low. It would have been in better taste to go to “Balthazar’s” [ a nice, mid-price French bistro ]. Her behavior is increasingly, and disappointingly, reminiscent of former First Lady Imelda Romualdez Marcos.

    Do you honestly believe that “La Imierda’s” friends “gave” her that 80th birthday bash at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza ballroom last 02 July 2009?


  15. Garganta Inflamada said,

    August 8, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Yeah, but the dinner was supposedly paid for by La Imierda’s nephew, Martin Romualdez ( Kokoy Romualdez’s son ). So, how different is that from the grand bash La Imierda’s circle “gave” her a month of so ago at the Sofitel?

    And is the fiscalization of GMA so severe that she cannot even eat at a renowned eatery ( on somebody else’s bill ) without having to account for it? Shame on the muckrakers!

    Speaking of which, I was just informed that well-known Philippine cookbook author and choreographer, longtime NYC resident Ronnie Alejandro also finally succumbed in his battle with ( liver ) cancer. RIP, Ronnie… you were quite an accomplished citizen and a credit to your country.


  16. August 8, 2009 at 3:30 pm


    That’s the clip from the notorious “Page Six” of the New York Post. Friends in New York sent it to me immediately.

    Toto Gonzalez

  17. MikeJ said,

    August 8, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Toto!

    Please allow me to share this short news article about GMA, from The New York Post:


    August 7, 2009 –

    “THE economic downturn hasn’t persuaded everyone to pinch pennies. Philippines President Maria Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was at Le Cirque the other night with a large entourage enjoying the good life, even though the former comptroller of her country’s armed services, Carlos Garcia, was found guilty earlier this year of per jury and two of his sons were arrested in the US on bulk cash-smuggling charges. Macapagal-Arroyo ordered several bottles of very expensive wine, pushing the dinner tab up to $20,000.”

  18. bestbudd said,

    July 31, 2009 at 4:21 am

    of all the presidentiables GMA is targeting only Mar, maybe because hes the only one who she feels threatened by

  19. divina said,

    July 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm


    Did you hear about GMA’s intervention in the National Artist Awards? According to the grapevine, she had Ramon Santos removed from the roster of official nominees from the NCCA and CCP. She then “included” 4 people, who were not nominated… Pit*y Moren*, C*cile Guidot*-Alvar*z, B*bby Man*sa and Carlo J. Caparas.

    Collective screeches were heard from the halls of the art institutions!!

  20. Garganta Inflamada said,

    July 30, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    A rather basic but seemingly feasible solution to the endemic ‘corruption’ of public service in the Philippines seems to be staring me in the face. Why not run and award gov’t officials from the top to a certain level, like that of a private corporation?

    So, whatever form of gov’t this ningas-kugon, wishy-washy country takes…whether the Presidential system or it gets switched over again to a Parliamentary system, why not award the next President/PM and his/her cabinet/ministers with a package based on performance? For example..

    What does GMA now make? I remember at the time Macoy started out, I think (and I could be way off here) it was only 150,000 pesos a year…but everything else was taken care of in the Palace budget. Kaya naman, he and consort and familials became among the biggest kleptos in history.

    So, Pres – basic salary of (I don’t know what the top executives of Ayala pay themselves…) say, what?…just for argument’s sakes…say, 25 million pesos/year para wala nang temptations to dip into the public till or forthcoming contracts). And then, a graded increase each year tied to inflation and/or cost of living increase PLUS bonuses of say, 10-15% of the previous year’s pay IF the economy AND the peace-and-order situation get better each year.

    And this should trickle down proportionately to the cabinet/ministers, etc. This is for the Executive branch…since it is the one implementing the law of the land. It should not extend to the Legislative and Judicial branches. And the Executive branch’s performance will be judged and approved by Senate/Lower House/Parliament/Diet/House of Lords, etc.

    So, a basic (generous) pay based on performance. If there is no improvement, then NO increases, NO bonuses…and subject to recall. In other words, make it worthwhile to run the country after having possibly recouped the investment of the costs of a national campaign, etc. It may seem expensive at first, but the overall net savings –over the long haul– may be substantially positive for the country.

    Finally, stop making babies. Those 7,000 islands can only hold so much…and those OFW, merchant marine, nursing and ‘artista’ positions will also have their saturation points.

    Of course, if this should come to pass…then make that my gratis contribution to my former homeland — but I would like to lay claim to the Nobel Prize for Economix. 🙂 🙂

  21. danny said,

    July 30, 2009 at 6:31 am

    “Like people, like government”

    Father Florentino was soooooooo right.

  22. Disgustada mayor said,

    July 23, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    It is for this reason I have stopped reading this blog for a long time. It does remind me why I did. Comments have become unreasonably vicious. We may all not be fans of the recent administration but what many in this blog is totally mean, cruel and uncalled for. I am sure if any of these descriptions were used against any of you guys, they would be extremely unpalatable. It borders on sick!!!!!!!!!! This blog was best when it about personal anecdotes and incites that were entertaining.The comments have just become unacceptable. It is amazing how many become brave in the world of anonymity.I guess it is considered entertainment for many.

  23. avegirl said,

    July 19, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    small but terrible woman. enough said.

  24. Irames said,

    July 16, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Periphery: “The thing is, in any country with a democratically elected government, the people deserve EXACTLY the kind of leaders they get”.

    But especially in the case of the Philippines, it’s the practical result of the evil that has found a willing host in the nature of its people that I pointed out in a prior post. Consequently, so far Filipinos have no choice but to hoodoo and doom themselves. A real powerful political shaman is needed to exorcise the evil out of the body politic. Unfortunately I think it’s not going to happen soon, if one gauges from the current crop of those waiting in the wings to take over Gloria In Excess (of foreign travels).. No,not in my lifetime nor this blog’s. I actually see even darker times ahead…

    You might say that all these doom and gloom are easy for us – and that includes the erudite Garaganta Inflamada among others in this forum (you know who you are) – who have defied our origin and are not immediately impacted by what’s happening in our native land. On the contrary, it is even felt more deeply because of our powerless position and our altruistic notions. Yes, we are far away but our thoughts are with those we share our real nationality, not the one we chose to become nor handed to us at birth. And we might shuttle among various continents with ease and without any chips on our shoulders, we do get emotionally affected by the dire prospects facing the land of some of our ancestors.

    Ultimately, those who are there should be the ones to seek out to reverse the worsening national corrosion.Or at least die knowing you tried.


  25. periphery said,

    July 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    The thing is, in any country with a democratically elected government, the people deserve EXACTLY the kind of leaders they get.

    Now, in “dagdag-bawas” and “flying voter” Philippines, the definition of “democratically elected” is up for debate. 🙂

  26. bestbudd said,

    July 16, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Mar Roxas is the only hope this country has to be great again! Mar Rocks! 🙂

  27. Garganta Inflamada said,

    July 16, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Just a quickie…

    Hmmmm…you guys (well, some of you) are kinda petty and juvenile…picking on things which she had no control over or what nature gave her. I really would’ve expected more. But then again, this is the same crowd that gets swayed by the ‘star’ power of someone flashy like Tita Mierdy (all ‘porma’ lang maski peke) and even though she’s been rubbing your faces in the dirt and stealing you blind.

    I can’t say much about Gloria…because even tho we knew them as fellow San Juan residents, she’s certainly the most educated of all the occupants of Malacanang. And I’ve never lived under her rule.

    Anyway…as my doppelganger Irames said, what’s wrong with the Philippines? Always picking leaders they want to barf out the next month. Is RP a nation of self-destructive, self-hating bulemics — for all their US-&-Europe-educated elite. Pity.

  28. PCA said,

    July 16, 2009 at 2:03 am

    She is a genius of the extraordinary kind in corruption. While Marcos amassed his billions, he had his 1081 to shield him from anyone who would dare touch him or challenge him. But here is this pint-size woman and her family who do their thieving with no martial law behind them and still, no one seems to care anymore. Magaling trumabaho, magaling magnakaw! They have somehow brainwashed Pinoys into thinking that — all politicians are the same, maski sino pa yan, magnanakaw din!

  29. Toronto Gal said,

    July 15, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Stage 4 cancer – just like what the Legacy evil man has.

    I too would like to see her and her whole family afflicted with dreadful disease and that all the money they have stolen would not be enough to cure it and they all die eventually…same goes for all the corrupt heartless men and women who use their position to practice their evil deeds.

  30. bestbudd said,

    July 15, 2009 at 12:15 am

    I think she was always a cornered dog from the start, a negative, defensive, replacement president. From the start she just resorted to scattering money that wasnt hers to keep her position. Now shes doing everything to keep her feet from touching the ground coz she knows she’ll be the most hated and belittled ex-president in Philippine history. I dont even think there are any real passionate GMA loyalists. If the Philippines was a colorful jeepney, GMA would just be one big bottomless pothole on the road to progress.

  31. onlysecond said,

    July 15, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I don’t consider myself evil & have never wished a person ill, but in this case, if she does get sick, I can’t say I would sympathize. Not when I think of where my taxes go.

    And Larry, I may disagree with your perspective regarding Imelda, but I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments about this mole that grew a face. Low blow I know, but at this point, I don’t care anymore.

    It saddens me so that so many Filipinos have grown apathetic & cynical. Or maybe just weary; too weary to be angry. This woman is exploiting that weariness, & our fear of who could possibly replace her. I have tolerated her presence despite my refusal to acknowledge her as my president. The only light at the end of the tunnel was the thought that by 2010, I no longer had to see her smug face & hear her dictate my future.

    Now, even that light is dimming, & I don’t understand why many are not afraid or at least perturbed. Enough of you, you disgrace to everything honorable & dignified. Enough of your grasping, greedy, lying (& may I just say, ugly) family.

  32. danrex said,

    July 14, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Ohhh, why rant and scream? That is so contrary to the tenets of the Law of Attraction.

    Just let her be. After all, she’s a master at attracting to her life all these good things…

    And, just wait, for ten years later, when she throws a grand party, most of us haters will turn — ahh, what’s that magnificent term? — “enablers,” extolling her grace and brilliance under pressure (and fire), shaking our heads in wonder and delight (?) how she singlehandedly hoodwinked those crafty, mostly male, politicos…

  33. Irames said,

    July 14, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    But, folks, isn’t she supposed to go anyway? Isn’t her immediate plan to self-demote into a congresswoman?

    Let’s be practical here; if the object is to banish her, then in time it will happen (soon, isn’t it?) and making a ruckus here would certainly not expedite that departure. Neither will wishing her dead do it. 🙂

    If it is to impede the possible scenario of her emerging after CHACHA as the shoo-in first PM, and if all your accusations of graft and corruption can be substantiated, then by all means organize into some proactive but effective action to bring her, her husband and their cronies before a court of law!

    I have to say, however, that I have almost given up on our country to ever find the right path to greatness. After the Marcoses, Estrada and, to a much lesser degree (from what I gather from those keeping scores), Aquino and Ramos, I am inclined to have a view of a dimly flickering light at the end of the tunnel The Philippines is probably fated to be always in same abject league as our neighbor Indonesia and some countries in the Asian continent, although not as dire basket cases as those in the Caribbean basin like Haiti or in the Middle-East like Iraq and Afghanistan and most of the countries in Sub-Sahara Africa. Thank the deity for that.

    I know it’s a pessimistic view but it is borne from the observation that the evil nature of man seems to have taken root prodigiously and irreversibly in these aforementioned countries. And, in our case, among our people, possibly as a result of the long period of colonizations by various factions that has definitely affected our value system, turning us into a nation whose people’s tendency is to undermine each other. We pull the rug from each other’s feet and push each other off the cliff. So much so that I can not see how we can ever get rid of this intrinsic evil in our character and cleanse our natural systems to start fresh and more virtuously in the achievement of our national betterment.

    You’d think that the all-too-strong influence of the Church would help extricate us from our despicable lot, but it has even exacerbated the situation when now we have become sinners who pretend to be saints by simply being seen to go to church on days we are supposed to be there. Isn’t the Church involved in every facet of our lives – hypocrisy and all – despite the principle of the separation of Church and State? For what? Just to claim the distinction of being the most populous Catholic country in these parts?
    So what good has it done to us? Why have we become and continue to be the object of derision by the advanced and more enlightened countries of the world? Why haven’t we been graced by divine intervention?

    I’m asking these questions in the hope that, instead of being delusional of thinking that nothing’s wrong with ourselves and continue our Merry ways (as in the prior thread), we should embrace the fact that there’s a good deal of ourselves that need to have a radical make-over. Only in doing this can we release ourselves from the shackles that our historical experiences and we ourselves have bound us for a long time now.

    Back to Gloria in Excess (of terms in power): after her, what do you guys propose? Who do you think can take over our (beloved) country WHO WILL NOT CONTINUE ON TO IMPOSE HIS OR HER OWN REGIME OF INSTITUTIONAL DESTRUCTION AND PILLAGE? If my view of our people is sadly not uplifting, thinking about this scenario is a lot more grim.

    Over to whoever thinks has AN answer.

  34. July 14, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    tita maldita:

    By virtue of her highly influential position during the Fidel Ramos presidency, I do consider Ricky Reyes as a former First Lady, and a distinguished First Lady at that. Seriously.

    Toto Gonzalez

  35. tita maldita said,

    July 14, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    LOL@Ricky Reyes!!!

    You are really naughty, Toto Gonzalez!

  36. periphery said,

    July 14, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Wow, Larry, tell us how you REALLY feel. lol

    Seriously, though… members of my family have known her since forever, from her UP Diliman days onwards. She has definitely changed. Now, whether it was she herself or her husband who got immediately drunk with power first, I don’t know. But the bottom line is that she has turned into an arrogant, corrupt, rapacious president who just needs to go away.

  37. larry leviste said,

    July 14, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Assassination may be the SALVATION of this nation.

    She talked to the Head of CIA yesterday, screech her nth SONA speech on the 27th and on the 30th will vis-a-vis Obama.

    Powerful for now. Back others since the time the pyramids were being built have seen HE who has HUBRIS, the GODS destroy in the most public manner.

    Kennedy, Gandhi, Indira shot by her elite guards.

    She is poised to perpetuate power but like Evita, lumps in her groin are cancerous, cantankerous, dangerous.

    She make control a whole nation, BUT lightning can strike her twice.

    VENGEANGE is Mine sayeth our Lord. Prayers that it may come like a thief in the night.


    Die MONSTER, die.


  38. bestbudd said,

    July 14, 2009 at 7:06 am

    I’m praying so hard that she gets stage 4 breast cancer and dies a painful death from it spreading and as she’s dying she’ll see all the dark shadows waiting to tear her black soul apart like in “Ghost”.

  39. kibosh said,

    July 14, 2009 at 4:31 am

    “Ultra Gloria” sounds like a new laundry detergent, Toto. 😛

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