Moneyed communists

My hats off to the pragmatism of this political party that has transformed the world’s most populous nation from poverty to prosperity.

The formula of the Communist Party of China is both contradictory and opportunist and yet it works: communist in politics, capitalist in economics and baptized it as socialism with Chinese characteristics!

In its ranks today of over 73 million cadres, are about 3 million entrepreneurs, who were shunned from membership in the past as “class enemies.” The Chinese elite have in their pockets today, red books and fat checks.

(5:20 a.m.)

No junket

Many councilors from all over the country are currently in the city to attend seminars on leadership and skills training organized by the Philippine Councilors League.

I am helping three groups arrange side events to maximize their stay in the city. They are from Olongapo City, Mindoro Occidental and Valencia City, Bukidnon.

I witnessed the latter group discuss their city government’s Supplemental Budget while waiting for the opening of the PCL seminar. Proof that their trip here is no junket. Kudos to the councilors from Valencia City.

(7:25 a.m.)

Peaceful Davao del Sur

I was in Davao del Sur yesterday for the birthday of my wife’s nephew in Digos City, 55 km south of Davao City.

After lunch, we proceeded to my in-laws farm in Sta. Maria, another 35 km south, where we witnessed the death of a young tarsier found by farm hands.

Other than that tragic loss, the province was a complete serene greenery of mango, coconut and sugar plantations. No troubles at all.

That is why I fully agree with its governor, Dodo Cagas, that the recent travel advisory of the Canadian Government was baseless.

I am certain that those bureaucrats in Ottawa have not been to this peaceful place. And yet they decide the fate of not just travelers but the whole province.

(5:42 a.m.)

Biggest change

The internet will go multilingual in registering domain names from the current English-centric to 11 new languages, mostly Asian like Hindi, Tamil, Korean, Japanese and Chinese.

This is seen as the biggest change in the internet since its creation.

Internet authorities say this is meant not for the current users of dot coms, dot orgs, dot nets, dot govs, but for the “next billion users.”

Campaign kitty

It is now certain that the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections would push through on October 29.

Congress is now on break and cannot pass a new law to postpone it, and here is the best proof – Malacanang has started to give out campaign funds to its loyalists, members of congress and local officials alike.

So, if you are running in the polls, better hurry to get your share of the campaign kitty from your favorite politico, never mind if the laws says the barangay elections are non-partisan.

This government, after all, does not respect our election laws.

First Malay in outer space

Godspeed to Sheikh Muszaphar Sukhor, the first Malaysian, and from the Malay race, and first Muslim to fly in outer space during this closing days of the Ramadan.

He joined a team from Russia which blasted into outer space late last night towards the International Space Station.

The 35-year old physician will do experiments on board the space station. He will also set a record of sort when he hosts a Hari Raya party on board the space station to mark the closing of the fasting month for Muslims.

(5:24 a.m.)

Money Pacquiao

What the city government of General Santos earns in one whole year, its local boxing hero, Manny Pacquiao, earned a third of it in less than one hour.

Tale of the tape:

Income – General Santos (P881 Million, 2006); Money Pacquiao (P308 Million, Oct 7)

(4:29 a.m.)