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Obama can learn from GMA? Only in a negative way – Bayan

23 January 2009 No Comment

The umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan today said that the only things Obama can learn from Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is how to use power to “lie, cheat, steal and suppress your enemies.”

This was the militant group’s response to claims by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita that “If there’s anything to learn, it would be President Obama learning from President Arroyo,”

“She is the model… probably in the face of adversity, the new president can learn from other leaders, like the Philippine president, on how to face up to problems and challenges especially when there are constant attacks from the opposition and detractors,” Ermita said.

“It takes a lot of nerve to make Mrs. Arroyo a model of leadership for the US president. She is a teacher through negative example. We all know how unlike Obama, Mrs. Arroyo did not win any elections. We know that the Arroyo government has gained notoriety because of corruption, cover ups and human rights abuses,” said Bayan secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr.

“What could GMA possibly impart to Obama considering her dismal track record and her gross unpopularity in her own country? Unless Obama wants to make short work of his presidency and descend into public disapproval, he better shun Arroyo and her bad examples,” Reyes said.

Bayan described Mrs. Arroyo as a “George Bush clone in Asia”. Arroyo supported the US invasion of Iraq, even sending Philippine troops for the US occupation. Arroyo is also a vocal supporter of the Bush-instigated “war on terror”.

“People should be reminded what kind of a fanatical supporter of George W. Bush Mrs. Arroyo has become. Till the end, she found no fault in Bush and his policies. How can Obama learn anything from a Bush clone?” Reyes said.

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