Hats off to Luli Arroyo

Although I am not a fan of the Arroyo administration — despite the fact that several fellow Ateneans are now serving in this cabinet (Arthur Yap was alwas a nice guy, never snobbish.. and once upon a time very visible Arroyo guy Anthony Abad was always like a big brother roaming the corridors of the Ateneo School of Law as it was called when we were still over at HV De La Costa street) —  I declare myself a fan of Evangeline “Luli” M. Arroyo, the first daughter.

We’ve all heard about what happened at the airport and we all know that this is prevalent in most government offices.  I just can’t understand why everyone is now turning apologetic and making it sound like the punishment was so harsh just because the irate immigration officer did not recognize Luli.  As Sy says in his column HERE I STAND,  people seem to be missing the point that it wasn’t about not recognizing Luli Arroyo or treating her badly, but the fact that he would’ve done the same to any Tom, Dick or Harry who would’ve had the chutzpah to call his attention for having let that foreigner cut the line and enter a restricted area.  It was just his bad luck that he was his usual self in front of the Presidential daughter.  Who would’ve thought she would forego the VIP treatment?  Who would’ve expected her to have fallen in line when she could’ve just handed her travel documents to an aide who would’ve processed it for her pronto?

The punishment is not harsh because it’s Luli.  The punishment is harsh because as a public servant, this agent of authority of the Republic of the Philippines failed to perform his duties in a professional manner.  It’s sad to think that if it wasn’t Luli, the errant public servant would’ve probably gotten away with a reprimand if at all.  

It should keep our public servants on their toes from here on.  They should keep in mind that they are there to serve the Filipino people, and no one should get special treatment, whether you are Luli Arroyo or Juan de la Cruz.

0 thoughts on “Hats off to Luli Arroyo

  1. Darryl

    Okay on this topic, when I went to the Philippines this summer one thing that made me uncomfortable was the way we were addressed at any service establishment ie hotel, restaurant and store. The “yes sir” and “yes maam” was respectful but also a little too subservient. I think that many Filipinos still suffer from the Imperialistic Big Brother Syndrome. There was one time at the Shangri La Makati where we stayed that the Concierge helped a couple of Australians before Filipinos who were respectfully waiting for service. I mentioned to them but they just gave a “Sorry Sir”. It upsets me that this a common thought among Filipinos in the Philippines that Caucasians should be treated as royalty. Its ingrained in their psyche and it will just keep happening. I wish we as a people can find the fine line about being friendly and respectful without gong over the top.


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