By Solita Collas-Monsod
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:44:00 06/25/2010

... "The second action of the President that takes one’s breath away is her awarding Lucio Tan the Order of Lakandula, Rank of Bayani,which is one of the highest presidential honors. According to the EO creating these awards, the rank of Bayani is “Conferred upon an individual who has devoted his life to the peaceful resolution of conflict; upon an individual whose life is worthy of emulation by the Filipino people; or upon a Crown Prince, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House, Chief Justice or equivalent…” Per the press release, Arroyo praised Tan for his achievements, contributions to the advancement of education, health and social welfare, support for the success of presidential and other high-level foreign visits, his philanthropic work and corporate social responsibility practices (has she talked to any of his employees,particularly in PAL, lately?) and for his outstanding leadership in the country’s business community and overseas.

I have only one question to ask Ms Arroyo in this regard: Did you ask the Presidential Commission on Good Government, or Catalino Generillo, or Elpidio Que, or Danny Pacana, or Liway Vinzons Chato, or Imelda Marcos, where Tan got the money for all his philanthropy?"...

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