No, simply because there was nothing to cite as proof they violated the code. No one raised and made an official legal issue out of it. No, because 'thoughtless extravagance' is subjective. What Dantes and Rivera can afford can be afforded also by people having the same privileged economic stature. But that does not mean only the richest of the rich can be held guilty of same violation. Other people can also commit the same violation eventhough they are not as rich as the celebrity couple. As it is, the code has not really been clarified as to standards and level where one can be held guilty of violating it. Lastly, no one, as far as I know, has been convicted before of the code violation.
Yes, because, like what the article writer said, which I happen to agree with, it qualifies as thoughtless extravagance in the midst of abject poverty. I don't remember the Lucio Tans, the Henry Sys, the Danding Cojuangcos and other rich people, I mean real rich people, engaging in such decadence. Yes, because it's all about showing off. I understand that the couple can afford it and it's their right to do what they want to do with what their riches can afford. However, the people have also the right to say what they want to say on events not out of envy but out of delicadeza. In their desire to expose the kind of taste they have, it turned out people find it tasteless to have an ostentatious display of wealth. In their effort to show off their class, a number of people opined that it was a classless act on their part.
In the end, I think, we really don't even have to have a decency or extravagance code to know if someone has violated it or not. All we have to have is just pure common sense to weigh in whether or not an act is abhorrent or loathsome. Dantes and Rivera has the right to celebrate their union in the way they know it, fine. But such celebration cannot be divorced from the fact that there are people, many people, in our country who don't share the same financial and luxury comfort they have. It is in bad taste to advertise an extravagant celebration in the midst of people suffering in abject poverty.
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