Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Things I'm currently wondering about

1. Why is there even a custody issue with Michael Jackson's kids? Whether or not they are biologically his, he specifically said in his will that his mother Katherine Jackson and/or his friend Diana Ross will get the kids. So how come so many weird people are entering the picture and claiming one or two (never all--oh, the horror of separation!)? To get to the wealth, of course, since whoever gets the kids gets the assets (I'm pretty sure there's hardly any money since there's no mention of Michael having a life insurance policy).

But Katherine and Diana already inherited custody. It's like if Brad and Angelina die, will Maddox, Pax and Zahara be returned to their countries? Aren't they already officially Jolie-Pitts no matter their blood and skin color? Goodness, it doesn't matter, right? Prince, Paris and Blanket are Michael's kids!

2. I recently lost a mother, too, so I definitely understand how close you get to insanity because of the grief. But am I the only one who felt most bothered about how Kris Aquino kept going on and on about the expensive watch she gave her mother, that all the pillows and blankets were hers, that of all of Cory's dignified children she was the one who gave her mom the most joy, that her kids are her mom's favorite grandkids, that Juan Sarte did her mom's death makeup, et al?

3. While everyone's raising a huge hullabaloo over President Arroyo's $20,000 dinner in Le Cirque at NYC, I don't think much of it. She's the president of a country after all, with an entourage of many VIPs. Did we really expect them to eat at Sabrett's? And do we honestly think the dinner parties at Malacanang or, say, the White House are cheap? Yes, yes, it's insensitive but it's hardly a shock.

I'm not even wondering about GMA's latest statement of assets and liabilities. So her wealth has doubled since 2000. Pretty logical--ten years is a long time and her family's wealthy to begin with. I'll give myself as an example. In early 2007, I had absolutely nothing. Just two years later, through wise investments and saving, I'm not rich but I'm comfortable. I'm not a savvy businesswoman and yet I've done well for myself. I'm sure Gloria has done much better!

What I do want to throw out there is that PHP 42M purchase of land. The community assessor says the land in the area is not worth that much, but what can we do? It's a perfectly legal purchase. But I think it's really fishy. The land isn't worth PHP 42M--why was it sold for that much? My conspiracy-theory mind is screaming that it's a brilliant money laundering trick--the Arroyos were given money and to make it bullet-proof, an almost worthless piece of land was exchanged. I could be wrong, but I wasn't born yesterday, kids. This is fishy business.

4. Tonight was the premiere of Project Runway Philippines' second season. I'm watching the runway show as I type. The new batch of designers are all interesting--not all of them are good but it's the first episode so I'll reserve judgment.

I do think ALL the models are horrid. Horrid, horrid, horrid! They don't know how to walk, they can't pose to save their lives, and they all need to visit the gym--flabby arms and legs and tummies jiggling everywhere. Ladies, if you're making a living with your body, take care of it! You'd never make the cut in that other reality show--Tyra Banks will eat you alive and spit you all out!

18 comments:

  1. Finally. Someone else who was bothered about Kris Aquino's statements. I didn't hear about the watch or the pillows and stuff. But to emphasize how she was the mother's favorite in front of all her other siblings? On their mother's funeral? I don't know about her and her siblings, but it seemed disrespectful to the rest of her family. And doing her mother's memory a dishonor, to imply that a mother blatantly played favorites.

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  2. And the Chanel logo earrings, ha. And the huge Jewelmer pearls. I've always been confused how a man and a woman who believed in giving your life to your country and frowned upon excessive displays of wealth had a daughter like this? Really.

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  3. I read that Diana Ross didn't know she was named in the will and doesn't want those kids! I just read that on the interwebs, I can't swear to the validity of the story.

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  4. Just a disclaimer that I am generally, sadly, politically oblivious. I agree with you on the $20,000. It's called a celebration and a working vacation. Back home Macapagal-Arroyo goes to McDonalds, it's not like she's in Aubergine every night. What she does is just magnified in presidential proportions, because, well, she is president. Say you and I go to abroad for a vacation, won't we go all-out and enjoy? I'm sure if she'd gone to a seedy burger joint the press would have been worse, and bring on all the Third World criticism.

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  5. 1. On Michael Jackson's kids - It's precisely because you can't inherit custody. It's awarded. So even if Michael Jackson states in his will that he wants his mother to have custody of his kids, the will can be contested or opposed by an interested party, and the court will still have to approve the provisions of the will after probate. It's sad, but wills aren't iron clad. Usually the courts follow the wishes of the deceased, but there are instances when they don't, like when an oppositor pops up. The best interests of the child is always paramount though, so I don't think the kids will have to worry.

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  6. I feel the same about Kris, I feel for her, coz I nearly lost my mom this year too! But I felt its not needed for her to discuss about what she gave to her mom or even how expensive the stuffs are! :(

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  7. Kris is kris though... from the beginning that's how she is. she loves attention --- nevertheless, i believe she loved her mom. perhaps the things she said, is to appease lang herself na: "i did something" cus i think most of the responsibility went to her older sisters. (her speech made me cringe a bit, but that's kris)

    on to lighter things...
    u're right about the project runway models! u know the silhouette pose in the beginning? i swear i saw a lot of them almost tip-over trying to maintain the pose. so funny! but im excited to watch the next episodes!

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  8. Kris being herself still can't help but draw attention to her grief, and how she has been there for her mom. Kelangan nya yun eh. Kaya lang, nasasali tayo because we watch the shows she appears in.

    I think the NYC dinner just struck a chord. Naisip ko rin that it's normal for them to have expensive dinners. Kami din ni boyfriend sometimes we can't help but feel na we spent too much for one dinner. Siguro yung parang wala silang habas sa paggasta ang kinakainisan ng iba. You're right though, that dubious land deal deserves more attention and public scrutiny. It's a fine example of how, being the husband (kay Mike yun diba?) of the President does have its perks and apparently those get taken advantage of, no matter which way you look at it. Sabihin na nating tumaas ang land value, di naman tataas yun kung hindi biglang binuhusan ng pondo ng DPWH.

    Hay.

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  9. WendyB, ya, I heard that, too!

    NYMinute, true--if she and her entourage had gone to eat at McDonald's NYC, the country would have been the laughingstock of the world. So damned if you do, damned if you don't there...

    Hi Anna! Thanks so much for enlightening me on that! I've always been puzzled and upset about it (yes, upset!). So it's true then that if Brangelina die, the adopted kids go back to the Third World?

    Askmewhats, Crickette and Vera, ya maybe she needed to keep assuring herself and the public that she wasn't a bad daughter (she did bring Cory a lot of pain). Gosh, I did cry when Kris said, "Thanks talaga kay God for giving me the chance to spoil Mom." Di ko kasi nagawa yun kay Mama so sobra akong natamaan!!!

    Crickette, kami rin ni Vince were alternating between laughter and gasps of horror sa models!

    Vera, ya, I do believe that the land issue is proof of their corruption. Well, that's iron-clad though. It's a legitimate purchase!

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  10. "While everyone's raising a huge hullabaloo over President Arroyo's $20,000 dinner in Le Cirque at NYC, I don't think much of it. She's the president of a country after all, with an entourage of many VIPs. Did we really expect them to eat at Sabrett's? And do we honestly think the dinner parties at Malacanang or, say, the White House are cheap? Yes, yes, it's insensitive but it's hardly a shock."

    I don't want to argue here, I just want to share my opinion.

    Yah, it’s a good thing that you don’t think too much of it because it’s very stressful if you do. Many Filipinos are working hard to earn a living, they sometimes stay late at night for overtime. Yet, all their hard earned money just goes to the taxes. And where do you think this taxes go? I don’t see any improvements in our country. Living in a 3rd World country, I think it’s not appropriate for our head of state to live a good life abroad with very large entourage despite of global recession. She must show simplicity and be a good example to the people. I know $20,000 is just a small amount if you spend it in the States but I think they should consider what their countrymen will feel.

    Besides, if they really did dine there and spend so much, why don’t they just admit it? Spokesperson Remonde even said that it’s just a simple dinner and was paid by Congressman Martin (who according to his employees, can’t even give them appropriate benefits and salaries). Until now, Malacanang is not giving proofs about the simple dinner that they are saying. Even Congressman Martin is avoiding the media to give his reaction to these allegations.

    "I'm not even wondering about GMA's latest statement of assets and liabilities. So her wealth has doubled since 2000. Pretty logical--ten years is a long time and her family's wealthy to begin with. I'll give myself as an example. In early 2007, I had absolutely nothing. Just two years later, through wise investments and saving, I'm not rich but I'm comfortable. I'm not a savvy businesswoman and yet I've done well for myself. I'm sure Gloria has done much better!"

    My dear, do you know how much assets did she declared when she started to become a President it’s only P66.8M, now it’s already increased to P143.54M, a growth rate of 114% from 2001-2008. If we will tally the growth rate of assets of the 3 previous presidents: Aquino – 4.8%, Ramos- 34.2% and Estrada- 7.2% , Arroyo’s growth rate skyrocketed. The salary of a President is only P45, 000/month. If various allowances are thrown in, her monthly pay would total at most P100, 000 or P1.2 million a year before tax. Yet even then, this represents only 10 percent of the P10.97-million average annual increase in Arroyo’s net worth since 2001.

    You might say that she maybe has some businesses that’s why it grew like that, but as far as I know, if you decided to become a President of a state you must give up your duties in the business world or any other obligations that you may have, to avoid conflict of interest.

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  11. Finally, someone who also thinks that the $20,000 dinner, though not perfectly okay, is acceptable. I mean, she is the president after all. I'm glad we feel the same way. :) Di ko to masabi sa friends ko since they're all anti-GMA. Haha.

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  12. Levy, I didn't say it was okay for her to spend $20,000 at Le Cirque and another $15,000 a few days before that. It's not polite for them to spend so much but it's not exactly illegal (yes, even if they spent the people's money).

    Look, I pay taxes, too. If you compute my taxes plus all the EVAT, we all give 50% of our income to the gov't. Is that right? NO. I think taxes are evil. But I pay them anyway.

    And it's not her money that's grown--it's her husband's. She's a public servant, but he isn't so he's allowed to do business. I'm not defending her, okay--I'm just pointing out that this woman is beyond brilliant in her corruption. We can get mad all we want but we can't imprison her because on paper, she's clean as a whistle.

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  13. Hi Austenfan, well, maybe you should just keep your opinions pala to yourself. Look at me--I post them here and someone gets really upset at me! =D

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  14. I agree with #'s 1 & 2.

    I just watched the entertainment program and the news tonight. They featured how she and her siblings rewarded the honor guards and she ended up interviewing them about their personal lives over dinner.

    I'm not saying they can't do that,I admire the honor guards as well, but in front of the TV cameras for all the world to see? I think that's a bit OA.

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  15. Hi Frances. I just spent more than 1 hour reading your latest posts and the comments of your other readers. tee-hee... :)
    About those 4 things you've been wordering about..
    ..I saw Kris' heart-felt speech and also wondered about why she'd say she's the favorite daughter.
    ..I watched the video clip of MJ's daughter here in your blog and assumed the kids will go to MJ's mother.
    ..I read in the internet about GMA's Le Cirque dinner and thought she shouldn't have gone there.
    ..and I don't watch Project Runway.

    But it's nice to learn here in your blog some nitty-gritties. :)

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  16. Roan, really! Di ko naabutan ang SNN and Bandila so that is news. Well, ika nga ni Vince, she's the closest thing to royalty we get so of course everything she does must be done in public. Okay!

    Haha, TaniV, you wasted one hour of your life! =D But thanks for wasting it on me!!!

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  17. about the dinner at Le Cirque... this this my honest opinion about it. IM GETTING SO ANNOYED WATCHING NEWS ABOUT IT NA! u know why? cus this is the only thing were good at --- pointing fingers.

    my point is... instead of exhausting their energy and resources trying to find out more about what food they ate and in which restaurant GMA went to... if they know better, they should just do some good for the country nlang...

    cus they're just wasting their time.

    we spent hours watching ERAP on trial for months, rallied to take him out of malacanang, yet he has enough supporters who vow to vote him in 2010...

    what's wrong with us?

    many things are wrong about our government, but it wont do us any good trying to bring each other down. my only wish is that we all vote the right one this coming elections...

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  18. Indeed! Crickette, we're all great at complaining and finding out what's wrong but when it comes to doing something about it--we don't! As for voting... well, if Erap runs, I guess he'll win. Pinoys are so starstruck.

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