Sportsman Big Mike recently fell ill while accompanying his wife on an official mission to Peru. The plane had to be diverted to Tokyo to unload Big Mike, causing Madame Gloria to miss the opening ceremonies of the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation). Anyway, Madame Gloria got a consolation in the form of US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice’s consuelo de bobo : “You are US’ best friend”. I do not know if this is an assurance that the US will not back any moves to oust Madame Gloria. I also do not know if this is an indirect message to those pushing the impeachment case as in, “Back off!” Is this an endorsement for “Cha-cha” (Charter change) so that Madame Gloria will have the chance to stay beyond 2010?
But anyway, these are all empty gestures by now. In two months time, Bush jr. and Rice will be out of office (no “Cha-cha” in the US; they do not dance that “tune”). So I do not know if the meal served to Madame Gloria was “siopao bola-bola“.
But the Chinese will say that in feng shui that incident falling ill denotes bad luck is coming for the GMA (Gloria and Mike Arroyo) administration. This is what they said when then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher fell off the stairs after a testy meeting with Paramount Leader Deng Xiaoping. Immediately, Hongkong’s Hang Seng Index fell. The Chinese thought that incident meant Britain will soon bite the dust.
In Asian warfare, great importance is placed on the defection of former top lieutenants. In the West, a defector only has tactical value in the sense that some sensitive information can be gleaned. To Asians, it is more than loss of face or loss of legitimacy. The desertion of top lieutenants also signify that a dynasty is coming to an end. Good that JDV and FVR are not crying plots of assassination like the Bolantic Joke-Joke.
Does the failed Moscow caper of the “Euro generals” foretell the crumbling of one of the GMA administration’s pillars?
“It was only diarrhea”. It seems some system purging is coming.