Arroyo visits Inquirer in media charm drive

MANILA, Philippines—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has embarked on a tour of private media outlets—including those known to be critical of her administration—in what an aide described as an effort to be “more properly understood and appreciated” by the media.

But she has done so under her own terms—no discussion of politics.

On Tuesday, Ms Arroyo hosted dinner at the Philippine Daily Inquirer office in Makati City, the third stop in her newspaper tour.

The affair was generally cordial with Ms Arroyo talking about her fitness regimen, eating habits, and the BPO (business process outsourcing) sector, the only topic she agreed to be put on record.

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