The news report of 100 Philippine congressmen vying for a coveted spot in President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s entourage to her trip to Washington DC to meet President Barrack Obama is an indication that being a member of the House of Representative is indeed one of the best jobs in the Philippines. A member of the House gets to travel or “jet set” not once, or twice but 51 times with GMA (since she took office) to rub elbows and met with top political royalties all costing tax payers at least P3 billion of travel expenses. Though, they all deserve the benefit of the doubt, its hard to ignore the billions of pesos spent on business travel alone at the expense of the poor struggling Filipinos - I heard jeepney fare right now is 7 pesos. The last travel members of the House took was last May to see the Pacquiao-Hatton bout in Las Vegas which reported at least 50 lawmakers missing their scheduled congressional sessions. This trip could be a case of déjà vu if not questioned or challenged by public. With that said, do theses House of Representative member deserve benefit of the doubt or not?
Here are some punchlines from The Professional Heckler:
President Arroyo will finally meet with US President Barack Obama at the White House on July 30. She will be the first leader from Southeast Asia to visit Washington under the Obama administration… after earning the distinction of being the first leader from Southeast Asia to be snubbed thrice by the same administration.
Some 100 congressmen are vying for slots in President Arroyo’s entourage in her July 30 trip to Washington DC. Not everyone will be allowed to leave though… lest the president be accused of smuggling crocodiles.