Palace: Just simple dinner

Remonde says report was grossly exaggerated.

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang is furious at reports that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her party spent close to P1 million for a dinner at a classy New York restaurant, which triggered denunciations of “brazen” spending at a time when many Filipinos have nothing to eat.

“Not a single centavo of taxpayers’ money was spent for that dinner,” an angry Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said Sunday, referring to the dinner at Le Cirque restaurant on Aug. 2 during Ms Arroyo’s visit to the United States.

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