New York Post follow-up: GMA's $20,000 dinner stirs up memories of Imelda Marcos
The New York Post's Page Six section updated its newsbit about President Arroyo's $20,000 dinner at Le Cirque yesterday:
"Our little scoop about the $20,000 dinner Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo enjoyed last month at Le Cirque has blown up into a political firestorm in her homeland, where memories of Imelda Marcos' shoe collection are still fresh."
Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay got some Post action too, where he was quoted as saying "[Binay] pointed out that the cost of the dinner for 25 could have fed "almost 3,000 hungry families with three square meals...What they did was deplorable, especially if taxpayers' money was spent. If they spent private money, what they did was in bad taste and again showed insensitivity to the millions of Filipinos who face hunger daily."
Also, what actually first appeared in Manuel Quezon III's blog as "the theoretical breakdown or simulation of how the presidential party could've racked up the bill," (based on Le Cirque's menu and wine list), which has subsequently and erroneously been referred to in major local newspapers and even on radio talk shows as the actual tab incurred by President Arroyo and her party, made it to the Post:
"A copy of Arroyo's tab, posted on several blogs, showed 11 bottles of Krug champagne were ordered at $510 a pop. The entourage -- who were charged $238 a head for the feast -- also devoured Osetra caviar at $1,400 for five ounces."