What’s Cooking in Malacañang? GWaPa Tries a Dash of Deception, an Ounce of Repression


MANILA — In a cooking demo that elicited chuckles from market-goers and participating activists themselves, the Gabriela Women’s Party (GWaPa) showed Wednesday in front of Nepa-Q Market on Edsa, in Cubao, Quezon City, to cook Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s “favorite dishes.” Topping her menu are dishes called Con Ass Express, Menudo sa Sinangag ala ChaCha and Binuyangyang.

GWaPa said that Con-Ass Express, Malacañang’s Bicol Express fusion, showed how fast the congressmen had cooked up House Resolution 1109. Its ingredients included ¼ kilo of “pambababoy” (treating others like pigs) by Arroyo’s allied congressmen, 3 cups of unsavory statements from House Speaker Prospero Nograles, 1 cup coconut milk strained from repression, 1 chopped resolution, 1 cup from milking public coffers and a shower of people’s protest.

After careful preparation and once the flavor tasted right, GWaPa said Con-Ass will likely be expressly served on the table.

Members of Gabriela try their hand at cooking Arroyo’s favorite dishes. (Photo by Marya Salamat / bulatlat.com)

Binuyangyang, on the other hand, shows the government’s 100-percent surrender of the country’s natural resources to multinational corporations and foreign investors. Its ingredients include 2 tablespoons of “greasing” congressmen, ½ kilo fat of Mike Arroyo, 1 packet of “real magic sarap (delicious)” collusion with foreign investors, 1 bunch of string beans of lies, 1 bouquet of squash flowers of plunder, 1 bitter ampalaya of people’s protests and ½ squash of oppression.

Menudo sa Sinangag ala Chacha, meanwhile, requires 1 kilo of pig from Malacañang, ½ kilo pork liver from congressmen, ¼ cup “toyo” from Mike Arroyo, ½ cup seasoning from Gloria, 1 teaspoon spice from Mikey Arroyo, potatoes from Malacañang, carrots of plunder and 1 packet of Uncle Sam’s tomato sauce.

Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan explaining the relevance of Arroyo’s dishes. (Photo by Marya Salamat / bulatlat.com)

Binuyangyang is simply sautéed and served hot for the rich pigging out on power. Menudo is cooked after marinating all the pig and pork fat and adding the veggies and seasonings when all meats are done. Based on Arroyo’s style, Gabriela Women’s Party said it is usually served hot with plenty of swagger.

“All these are recipes of deception and exploitation,” said Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza. Fellow solon from Gabriela, Luz Ilagan, said only Arroyo and her cohorts would partake in their gluttonous banquet.

The two solons announced they will boycott Arroyo’s ninth and final state of the nation address on July 27. Instead, they would join the nationwide protest calling for Arroyo to stop all schemes to prolong her stay in power and sell Philippine sovereignty to foreign interest. (bulatlat.com)

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