“On Wednesday, the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines will be hosting the President of the Republic of the Philippines, His Excellency Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III,” FOCAP president Manuel Mogato reminded us members today.
The word “hosting” is a euphemism for the grilling that President Aquino has agreed to subject himself to annually, without fail.
This should be very interesting, what with all the issues now percolating.
Unlike his predecessor President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who skipped meeting FOCAP altogether after the “Hello Garci” tapes, Aquino has yet to skip a single year. Or give certain conditions for his coming.
I recall that at one point, Mrs Arroyo’s aide told FOCAP she would agree to our “invitation” provided she was not asked about the Garci tapes. FOCAP did not agree to this condition.
I hope we don’t run out of time on Wednesday October 22 because of so many issues now in play.
I wonder what the local media will be focusing on, though. The Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee hearing on Vice-President Jejomar Binay or PNoy’s grilling.