By Chocolate Moose Fernandez
Manila, Philippines-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s vow to be nicer to reporters in the remaining days of her presidency raised eyebrows of her critics from the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya).
“She is like the typical telenovela villain who is used to flash that sweet, yet checkered smile to pursue a more bolder and more sinister agenda,” Pamalakaya information officer Gerry Albert Corpuz said in a press statement.
Corpuz reminded Arroyo on the brutal record of her government against media people, where over 100 journalists have been killed since Arroyo assumed the presidency in 2001.
The Pamalakaya information officer said the biggest haul of crime against the media “perpetrated” by the Arroyo government was the Ampatuan massacre in Maguindanao where a total of 57 press persons were massacred by the Ampatuans, who are staunch allies of Malacanang and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“That statement could raise her critics’ and non-critics’ eyebrows in and out of the media circle and the entire Filipino public to the highest level,” added Corpuz.
Celebrating what could be her last Christmas party with Palace-based reporters Ms Arroyo renewed an old resolution promising to become an easier subject to cover.
“She is feeling and acting like a Superstar although she is already an aging, detested and has-been political animal in this country,” the Pamalakaya information chief said.
President Arroyo thanked membes of the Malacanang Press Corps (MPC) for their patience in covering her and her presidency admitting that she is not easy subject to cover and apologized for the short fuse, an attitude she promised to improve on in the past.
“The departure of President Arroyo from Malacanang months from now is a celebration not only for the Filipino people but also for our dear friends in media covering the Arroyo presidency and Malacanang,” Corpuz said. #