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What poverty?

Posted: 3 May 2012 in Uncategorized
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In preparation for the 45th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank, the Philippine government decided to hide the country’s poverty by erecting a makeshift, temporary wall on a road from the airport to downtown Manila so that delegates wouldn’t see the sprawling slum along a garbage-strewn creek.

Presidential spokesman Ricky Carandang defended the wall’s installation, saying Thursday “any country will do a little fixing up before a guest comes.”

The theme of the conference is “Inclusive Growth Through Better Governance and Partnerships.”