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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 14:01:00 12/16/2008
Filed Under: Politics, Conflicts (general)

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang expressed confidence that unlike United States President George W. Bush, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo would not suffer the humiliation of having shoes thrown at her.

“No. Iba naman tayong mga Pilipino. Mas disente tayo, saka iba ang media sa atin [We Filipinos are different. We are more decent and the media here is different],” Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said.

Over the weekend, an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at Bush during a press conference in Baghdad, where the outgoing American leader was on a farewell visit, to protest the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“That was an unsavory action, but it happens, people have to suffer for that especially the one who did it,” Ermita said, adding jokingly, “Pero palagay ko, baka may konting ano yan, may tama ng konti sa ulo [I think the attacker is a little crazy].”

Although no one has thrown anything at her, Arroyo has been heckled by left-wing militants during provincial sorties.

She also has not hosted a proper press conference in Malacañang in years, especially after allegations of massive election fraud and corruption were hurled at her in 2005.

In January this year, Arroyo answered a few questions from the media during the government’s year-end economic briefing for 2007.

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