Lifestyle editor Joanne Rae Ramirez of the Star had dinner with the President recently, together with other female journalists; her column provides a closer look at the presidency in a time of crisis. No surprises there, except for details about the President’s health regimen.
We were led to the Music Room for cocktails. I noticed more mirrors were added to the room, which was elegant and yet cozy. A few minutes past seven, the President walks in, and she looks like she had just come from a vacation.
Hard to imagine she was being threatened by impeachment and being linked to corrupt deals and alleged terrorist bombings. In a sea green pantsuit and open-toed Guccis, her short hair gelled back and diamonds glistening from her earlobes, she looked like a typical wealthy matron hosting a chika-chika dinner for her amigas.
In contrast, this post by Manuel Buencamino (self-described as a member of the "anti-Gloria crowd") offers an unexpected look into the state of (some of) the opposition. (Scroll all the way down.) I read it only the other day, so it was still fresh on my mind when I read the Star scene-setter.
(The Speaker had invited Manolo and me for dinner when he saw us at the Batasan during the press conference where he passed the impeachment buck to Raul Del Mar. I guess he wanted to feel the pulse of the anti-Gloria crowd. He gave us a peek at the letter about moral regeneration which he delivered to Gloria a few days ago and he asked us what we thought. We told him exactly what we thought – it was bland. We also noticed that his wife Gina was very close to our position vis a vis GMA – hold her accountable now!)
Apparently, dinner is the weapon of choice (even for us in the Inquirer).