it’s like they’re asking for the backlash

It’s one of things you just know are going to turn out badly.

As part of her statement reacting to the SWS survey reporting an all-time high of hunger incidence, the President advised the hungry “to spend on the basics first before the luxuries so our children will have enough to eat.”

Yeah, that ought to do it.

12 thoughts on “it’s like they’re asking for the backlash

  1. j.gabriel March 22, 2007 at 1:23 am Reply

    Go Arroyo, go!
    Is the combination of sincerity and intellect really so hard to find in aspiring Filipino politicians? Not everyone can be bought. But maybe those people get shot before they can run.

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  2. rina March 22, 2007 at 6:00 am Reply

    yes gabe, but we know we’re not losing hope, right?🙂

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  3. Mika March 22, 2007 at 9:38 am Reply

    Anobeh.

    You didn’t substantiate it. She said to not text or spend on alcohol or cigarettes if you know you’re gonna go hungry.

    Actually, I think there’s a certain degree of truth in her statements, it’s just that you’d expect the President of a country to react in a, well, more dignified sort of way. I don’t think the ‘nagging wife’ stance in that particular statement works well. Haha.

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  4. rina March 22, 2007 at 10:07 am Reply

    The President’s statement just said to avoid luxuries; it was Press Secretary Bunye who, in an attempt to (justify) further explain things, said that sometimes people tend to spend too much on texting or cigarettes or whatnot and they should learn to prioritize. What’s weird is that this assumes that the people who are going hungry are the same people who are wasting money on texting and vices, that poor parents would rather buy gin or load before food for their kids. While this may be true for your occasional batugang tatay, a generalization is totally unjustifiable. If you ask me, that’s a weird way for a government to look at its people, especially its poor. And that “advice,” of course, totally does not address the basic problem of hunger and poverty. It’s like saying, sorry na lang kayo, tipid na lang para di naman kayo ganon kadalas magutom.

    Not to mention the point that hey, consumption of goods like cigarettes or alcohol drives the economy, so if we lessen that what’s going to happen next?

    I was all set to do a full-length analysis complete with analysis of the SWS survey but I didn’t have the time, he he. I just went ahead and posted because I just had to vent my “wtf?” sentiments about this🙂

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  5. Mika March 22, 2007 at 11:12 am Reply

    I think that, yes, it is important for us to know the survey instrument. It WOULD make sense to see all those qualifications in the questions. But yeah, the Palace’s statements ARE presumptuous in that sense — parang, kulang na lang sabihin nila magastos kayong lahat sa kung anumang kachuvahan kaya kayo nagugutom.

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  6. rina March 22, 2007 at 11:30 am Reply

    SWS question is on involuntary hunger: “Nitong nakaraang 3 buwan, nangyari po ba kahit minsan na ang inyong pamilya ay nakaranas ng gutom at wala kayong makain?” Nakaranas ng gutom AT walang makain. You can hardly argue with that. It’s definitely not the same as when we’re hungry at 4pm and we’re too lazy to go down to mini-stop to get a bite to eat

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  7. don March 22, 2007 at 2:55 pm Reply

    “I ask our people to spend on the basics first before the luxuries so our children will have enough to eat.” The President actually concluded that poor Filipinos had their priorities mixed up. What ever gave her that idea? Worse, she washed her administration’s hands clean by not addressing hunger and poverty head-on, and then went on to imply that those poor people are hungry because it’s their fault! With a leader like this, I doubt if the country can truly go on its way to development.

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  8. rina March 23, 2007 at 2:50 am Reply

    In fairness, she did have stuff on her statement about fighting hunger; economic growth, agricultural production, etc., but she had to cap it off with that insensitive comment on forgoing luxuries. But the statements in today’s papers are hilarious. Nakaranas din naman daw sya ng gutom. “Kasi iyon naman ang question ng hunger eh [Because the question was], ‘Did you miss one meal during the last three months? Eh pati naman ako [Even] I have missed one meal in the last three months,” she told reporters. Can relate si Madame. I guess she didn’t read the second part of the question which qualifies it as hunger out of lack of anything to eat. Talk about digging yourself a deeper hole.

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  9. Rndl March 23, 2007 at 6:30 am Reply

    Rina and Mika, ang cute niyong dalawa. Magkatalikuran lang kayo sa office tapos ang dami-dami niyong nasasabi sa isa’t isa without anyone uttering a word. Paano kung magkapikunan kayo sa isang issue via your respective blogs? Magkakasabunutan kaya kayo sa sobrang gigil? Batuhan ng stapler? Chair? Keyboard? Vikki? Lugi ka Rina, mas malapit kay Mika si Vikki.

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  10. rina March 23, 2007 at 7:23 am Reply

    Pag pikunan na talaga di na dadaan sa blog yon, sabunutan na agad! Socio-political discussion lang ito, okay lang. Besides, the comments gave me the opportunity to say the things that I didn’t have time to include in my super short entry, ha ha!

    Wag mo na idamay si Vikki. Lam mo naman yang batang yan, tahimik lang😀

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  11. Mika March 23, 2007 at 7:33 am Reply

    Hahahahahahahahahaha ampucha! Ang funny natin! (Wow, that sounded ditzy.)

    Consuelo de bobo: GMA says she gets hungry too. Anobeh. There’s a world of difference between experiencing hunger pangs or not eating voluntarily/because madami kang trabaho na di ka maka-lunch nang disente and absolutely having nothing to eat, kahit asin man lang.

    Sino ba PR ni GMA? Kawawa tuloy si Bunye. HAHA.

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  12. noreen March 26, 2007 at 6:42 am Reply

    nagpanting talaga tenga ko when GMA said that. ang presidente talaga natin oo!!!

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