Jackie Chan has been declared a friend in need by The Philippines but a public enemy by angry Hongkongers on the internet. The Kung-fu King blasted his fellow countrymen for overreacting emotionally to the tragedy in Manila and defended the Filipino police for the failed rescue action that ended up in a massacre of eight Hong Kong tourists. “If they [the Filipino police] killed the guy sooner, they [HongKongers] will say why not negotiate first? If they negotiate first, they ask why not kill the guy sooner? So sad,” said the controversial Hollywood Chinese hero. He was then forced to issue an apology. When a crisis arises involving a foreign state, it is always followed by a civil war among the Chinese. Apart from the humbly self-proclaimed “little educated” Jackie, Ruan Cishan, an intellectual talk show host for Phoenix TV, and allegedly an unofficial Beijing mouthpiece overseas, has seemingly accused Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Donald Tsang of subversion. Tsang had called Benigno Aquino, president of the Philippines, twice to plea with the leader for the stand-off to be handled properly and peacefully, only to be snubbed by the latter with his calls unanswered. Ruan, a pro-Beijing commentator and a US citizen best known for his bald head and sinister Hitlerian toothbrush moustache, attacked Tsang for committing a crime of treason. “Don’t get it wrong,” said a giggling Ruan, “the Hong Kong chief executive is no head of state. It should have been Hu Jintao who made the call, not Tsang. But Hu couldn’t possibly call the Philippine president because it was such a trivial matter. Tsang should understand better about his own capacity, who shouldn’t jump around over any tragedy.” He then added that The Philippines’s report would have nothing to do with Tsang. “It’s not as if the victims’ families get more money from the insurance companies as a result.” Ruan’s remarks were based on article 13 of the Basic Law, which stipulates that “the Central People’s Government shall be responsible for the foreign affairs relating to the Hong Kong SAR.” Tsang was apparently guilty of bypassing his master since the Chief Executive had never been authorized by the director of the Central People’s Government’s Foreign Affairs Office on Kennedy Road, which is mandatory according to the Basic Law. Tsang has every reason to be very afraid since Ruan is reputed as the Larry King of China who has interviewed world politicians including Henry Kissinger and Tony Blair. Ruan’s verdict is like the words of Moses coming down from Mount Sinai accompanied by cracks of lightning, delivering the wrath of God. A trembling Tsang should think of some excuses. What about calling President Aquino for a private consultation on the recipe of binagoongang baboy, a famed Filipino dish? It’s not foreign affairs. It could never be verified. His phone calls were never answered.