the president, as expected, delivered a powerful speech saturday directed at those wanting her to resign or oust her from power. although i feel she could've used a better analogy than the kitchen ("I FELT POLITICAL HEAT BUT IM STILL IN THE KITCHEN." (JUMPCUT) IM STILL IN THE KITCHEN BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE I BELONG, TO CONTINUE TO MAKE TOUGH CHOICES TO TURN THE ECONOMY AROUND AND NO ONE CAN DETER ME FROM THAT MISSION."), it was still a powerful speech.
but it wasn't what she said that made an impact on me but what accessories she was wearing. hanging on her neck, shining under the lights of the ceremonial hall, were a hundred school buildings, a million sacks of rice and a hundred pairs of combat boots for our poor soldiers. okay, okay. it might be an exaggeration. but wearing that diamond-studded necklace and matching earrings at a time when many families don't have enough to eat, when many children can't go to school because they can't pay the 50-pesos needed to get their report cards and when gov't employees are complaining that their salaries have not increased since 2001 was definitely in bad taste, to say the least."WE CANT HELP THE POOR BY UNDERMINING INVESTMENTS, DRIVING AWAY EMPLOYERS, NOT INVESTING IN INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMS. THAT'S MADNESS. YET THIS EXTREME MADNESS IS WHAT THE PURVEYORS OF INSTABILITY AND INTRIGUE HAVE BEGUN TO SOW." maybe, what she should've said was, "WE CAN'T HELP THE POOR BY SHOWING OFF OUR WEALTH AND MAKING THEM REALIZE HOW MUCH IS LACKING IN THEIR LIVES." or better yet, "WE CAN'T HELP THE POOR BY HAVING THIS NECKLACE AROUND MY NECK. I'D BETTER SELL THIS AND USE THE MONEY TO FEED HUNDREDS OF MALNOURISHED CHILDREN."
some of my officemates had the same reaction. one word to describe it - OFF! another - MANHID?