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ON the eve of the annual meeting of the world’s political, financial, and business elites in Davos, Switzerland, this week, an international anti-poverty organization Oxfam warned against the growing gap between the very rich and the poor of the world.

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“We believe that friends help each other and utilize constructive engagement to achieve common goals. In truth, we all share the same aspiration of greater peace, progress and prosperity.” This was the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte during the traditional New Year’s Day Vin d’Honneur held in Malacañang Palace.

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Both reports were on the same survey results, but where one stressed the positive, the other saw more of the negative. The truth, of course, is that the survey held by the Social Weather Stations last December 3-6, 2016, had both positive and both angles. The changes bared by the survey are as yet not too significant, but they give us cause to look forward to the coming surveys.

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Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched him closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

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No more 5-6?

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The Duterte Administration recently announced that it would stop to the 5-6 business in the country. It basically involves lending money with a twenty percent (20%) monthly interest and is generally identified with Indian nationals who are into such business.

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TU30 wishes

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A PRETTY girl handed me this list on behalf of her boss. Make of it what you will, shopping list, wish list, New Year’s resolutions?

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