Monday, August 9, 2010

House looks like an airport and the President's salary

This has nothing to do with politics. I was just looking at this photo of the President's new pad -

The President's new home: Bahay Pangarap. Photo from here.

- and got to thinking, "Hey, this reminds me of a place I once saw." True enough, Bahay Pangarap looks like the Siem Reap International Airport!

The Airport at Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photo from here.

By the way, the President just got his paycheck in the amount of PhP63K. Sixty-three thousand petot. That's all he gets for running an entire country. Quite pitiful if you compare it with the money that the folks at the MWSS are getting (The equivalent of 24 months in bonuses, hello). I therefore agree. The President needs a raise.

"Look Ma. Sweldo." Photo from here.

Word is, President Aquino spent some of his own money to renovate Bahay Pangarap. This is new,  considering that as Chief Executive, he could have just realigned his branch's budget or dispensed "discretionary" budget if he wanted to. Hmmm. Having a President who does not think of public funds as his own money takes getting used to, but I'm liking it. I'm liking it indeed.

I'm also liking the fact that the President is so reachable. He's letting us take pictures of him and his paycheck for crying out loud. I hope though that a line is drawn somewhere on all this accessibility. He is, after all, the President of the country. We can't just go knocking on his door whenever we feel like it, or shoot questions at him on ambush interviews. He has to delegate these things to other civil servants. Other than this, I think he's doing okay. His hair is thinning (some more), but service-wise, he's doing fine.


  1. The executives at the MWSS still have to pay for their basic necessities: food, board and lodging, clothing and even transportation. The President gets all of those for free, as part of his job perks. I agree that the salary of those MWSS execs are over-the-top, but it's not a fair comparison.

  2. Mel, the MWSS executives only have to attend Board Meetings and sign off on resolutions, backed by D&O liability insurance policies I'm sure. The President has to run a country and yet he earns less than a lawyer my age. I think the comparison is more than fair.


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