From today’s New York Post. So is this where Filipinos’ taxes go when Gloria goes on an R&R in the Big Apple? By god, that goblin is shameless.

THE economic downturn hasn’t persuaded everyone to pinch pennies. Philippines President Maria Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was at Le Cirque the other night with a large entourage enjoying the good life, even though the former comptroller of her country’s armed services, Carlos Garcia, was found guilty earlier this year of perjury and two of his sons were arrested in the US on bulk cash-smuggling charges. Macapagal-Arroyo ordered several bottles of very expensive wine, pushing the dinner tab up to $20,000.

UPDATE: Inquirer picked up the story:

“The purported menu included caviar; such appetizers as lobster salad, wild burgundy escargot and soft shell crab tempura; main courses of black cod, halibut, Dover sole, saddle of lamb and prime dry-aged strip steak; and Krug champagne at $510 a bottle.” More on

Arroyo’s people at Malacanang explained that the bill was footed by Congressman Martin Romualdez from Leyte, who unfortunately could not be reached for comments because he was busy. Ipabayad daw ba sa bayan ang paglamon at pag-toma sa New York.

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