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Palace: Congressman paid for $20,000 dinner in NY

>> Sunday, August 9, 2009

Now, just who is Congressman Martin Romualdez and why would he invite and pay for such an expensive dinner? What kind of a motive was behind his actions?

Malacañang admitted on Saturday that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her entourage had a lavish dinner in a fancy French restaurant in New York during her recent US trip, but said it was a congressman who paid the $20,000 (around P1 million) bill
Obviously, they all still need to learn from President Cory Aquino's example. If it was President Cory, I don't doubt that she will refuse the lavish dinner and will teach the congressman how to spend wisely. But it was President Arroyo and perhaps, the congressman was just following her example.

While the nation was in mourning, a report that Mrs. Arroyo and her people were celebrating in New York with expensive wine leaves a bad taste in the mouth," Binay said in a statement.

Citing online reports, Binay said Mrs. Arroyo and her entourage allegedly ordered 11 bottles of Krug champagne priced at $510 per bottle. The whole entourage also feasted on Osetra caviar ($1,400 for five ounces), a "Chef's Tasting Menu" or wine paired with a dish for $4,500 for 25 orders, and a "three-course Chef's Seasonal Menu worth $1,450 for 25 orders.
Palace is now being asked to explain Arroyo's alleged $20,000 dinner in NY. The public would like to know.

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