Aquino’s hotdog meals not scripted, says spokesman
By Thea Alberto
Yahoo! Southeast Asia
Malacanang on Friday defended President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III amid criticisms he was staging a down-to-earth image that puts Overseas Filipino Workers in bad light.
“He loves to eat hotdogs. When in the U.S. you would like to try the hotdogs. Hindi scripted ‘yun. He was looking forward to it. You cannot blame the people for looking at it in different ways,” said Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda.
On Thursday, Aquino and his entourage were spotted eating at a hotdog stand on the corner of 6th Avenue and West 45th Street in New York.
Aquino foot the bill, which reached $54 or about P2,500.
“I don’t think nagpapapogi si Presidente. I think he’s being natural. During campaign, he would take out from kamameshi. It’s very typical of him,” Lacierda added.
Lacierda said Aquino also ordered steak and pasta.
“NY is a mecca of food. As long as he remains frugal there is nothing wrong with it,” said Lacierda.
Malacanang said although Aquino is moving freely in New York, no security concern has been noted yet. Lacierda said Aquino’s security men are already used to the President’s ways.
“Sanay na sila. He only brought 18 members. They are already familiar with the way he conducts himself,” said Lacierda.
“The U.S. secret service iba sa kanila they will have to adapt to who he is. There is compromise on security but have to adapt to guest head of state,” he added.
Meanwhile, Aquino had a full day with various courtesy calls and meetings.
Aquino also witnessed the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact Signing Ceremony. Philippines will receive a $434-million (P20 billion) grant from an independent U.S. development agency to facilitate poverty reduction through economic growth.
“I am here to assure you that the Philippines is committed to good housekeeping practices in its domestic and international dealings with investors. We are committed a not just a fair, but a square, deal for all,” Aquino said in his speech in New York.
Reposted From Thea Alberto of Yahoo! Southeast Asia