Thursday, 17 December 2009

PGMA promises Palace reporters: I’ll be an easier subject to cover

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last night (Tuesday, Dec. 15) hosted a Christmas dinner party for the Malacañang reporters at Malacañang’s Heroes Hall and vowed “to be an easier subject next time as I know I had not been an easy subject for you to cover.” The party was held on the eve of her departure for Copenhagen, Denmark to attend the Leaders Summit on Climate Change.

The President’s comment drew chuckles from the reporters—from print and broadcast—who came with their families and showed their other talents like dancing and singing.

“Every year, I make my New Year’s wishes and this year, my wish would be to make myself an easier subject for you to cover,” she said.

The President’s remarks apparently stemmed from an invocation by Radyo ng Bayan’s Marie Pena Ruiz, where she mentioned about surviving each day the “race from one event venue to the next in a presidential convoy and the difficulty of getting an ambush interview with the President.”

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, who was present during the occasion, said Christmas is a time for love, peace and goodwill citing the biblical passage: For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son” to bring salvation to the world. “Christmas is all about love, peace and goodwill,” he said.

There were invited singers but for the most part, the press corps surprised the audience, principally Remonde and his officials at the OPS, with their song interpretations of Christmas and a dance number by the male reporters clad in black—a.k.a. Men in Black—with an equally surprising ballroom dance exhibition with them by Assistant Secretary Maribel Dario.

Since reporters considered it their last Christmas with President Arroyo in Malacañang, they and their families and friends, grabbed the chance to pose for photos with the President which she obliged from one table to the next. A good 20 or 30 minutes of her time was spent posing with reporters and their invited guests. (PND)

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