Finally, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo met with US Pres. Barack Obama today at the White House. GMA flew to the US earlier this week upon Obama's invitation. GMA news this morning reported that the meeting, which took some 30 minutes, covered issues on global warming, global economy, and security relations, among others. Pres. Arroyo is the first Southeast Asian leader to meet with Pres. Obama.
The US President reportedly praised GMA for her economic and peace efforts in the country. Looks like the meeting reaffirmed the two nations' long-standing friendship and cooperation. Good news then.
What's more to the story? The Philippines reportedly went with some 20 delegates but most of them didn't even have a role in the meeting, in fact they weren't allowed to be in the meeting room. Only seven of them were invited in. The rest were practically persona non grata. The reason why they spent thousands of dollars for the trip? Senator Lito Lapid said he wanted to get a photo opportunity with Obama. How preposterous is that! I can't imagine how calloused some of our lawmakers are to splurge money for a trip that they have no business with, and even brought along their wives. How can we be sure they're not spending people's money?