That incident at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, where the plane of the Davao-bound President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (who was going to attend the wedding of the son of Davao City Rep. Prospero Nograles) prevented a passenger plane full of 231 people from doing an emergency landing, has elicited negative opinion from certain quarters.

The PCIJ noted sarcastically “What are they in power for?” while A. Lin Neumann writes in the Asia Sentinel: “That Arroyo was heading for a wedding that united two powerful political families, a wedding not unlike the union between her own clan and her husbands powerful bloodline, seemed altogether fitting in a country that still seems to be run for the exclusive benefit of a handful of feudal landholding families who pass political power back and forth between them and divide the spoils of these islands through business deals, elections and cronyism.”

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