January 18, 2018, 4:31 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07263 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.14992 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03521 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37318 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02474 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03521 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03956 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.63687 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03163 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00745 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.63172 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02627 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13568 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06382 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25445 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19324 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 395.96518 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03951 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02456 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01896 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.96895 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12736 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 56.62579 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.15506 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.77275 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.40883 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.49743 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1197 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95886 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.24462 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25141 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34978 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53817 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01607 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03956 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01433 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01431 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08957 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.9371 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 177.94699 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14509 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.07219 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15475 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46509 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11922 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25771 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.9644 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 263.35047 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06775 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.266 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.41772 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 723.08147 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02255 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.43928 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01399 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.18216 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03224 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.37189 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.26622 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.12896 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.80063 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.02452 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00594 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01622 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.47765 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 163.7856 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.88528 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.04292 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.5093 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24248 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0603 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01227 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02646 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18183 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33356 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.98418 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.46361 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 47.8837 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1593 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.96203 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64676 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30795 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.11195 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37086 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07803 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24161 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.0807 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6072 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15518 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0265 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02715 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0076 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06341 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0624 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.18473 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06706 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 110.52215 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07202 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07488 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.11739 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.52987 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07417 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15387 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26503 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13841 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15847 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02609 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01433 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4392 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 150.90981 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.85839 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 393.89636 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17306 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.18552 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24175 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.63054 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04769 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04409 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07507 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13281 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5839 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.34335 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56547 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.79588 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56468 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 160.81883 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19729 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 449.14952 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0449 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04966 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.5352 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0534 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.5352 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.90645 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.94363 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24183 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 102.64043 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.15783 Zimbabwe dollar

Anti-Corruption Commission

A group of human rights advocates whose members remain unnamed wants the Philippines ousted from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
A tall order. 
To begin with, I doubt if this group will be able to harness the support of the majority of UNHRC members which presumably will recommend to the UN General Assembly the suspension, not ouster, of the Philippines whose second term ends next year. 
In fact, only 8 of the 39 UN member states that called on the Philippines to allow a biased UN Special Rapporteur to visit the country without preconditions are in the 47-member UNHRC.
That leaves 154 of the 193 members of the UN General Assembly that are not likely to vote for the suspension of the Philippines from UNHRC. 
Any member of the Council may be suspended only through a two-thirds (128) majority vote in the General Assembly.
Besides, the rights and privileges of any Council member may be suspended only if it has persistently committed gross and systematic violations of human rights during its term of membership.  We are certainly not guilty of that.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella had this to say about the group’s call:
 “Self-styled watchdogs of the Philippines’ human rights performance need to balance their call with legitimate organizations like the United Nations Human Rights Council, which recognizes the work the Philippines does, given and despite its challenges. Having said that, the Philippines, as an active member of the UNHRC, respects this body’s integrity and will call out attempts to use it seemingly to advance certain interests and political agenda.”
Referring to the rejection by the Philippines of certain recommendations of the UNHRC, Abella stressed that that was in line with our independent foreign policy.
 “We will always be happy to accept the help of our foreign friends.  But we will never accept dictation on how we are managing our own internal domestic processes,” he said.

ANTI-CORRUPTION
COMMISSION

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong created through Executive Order No. 43 the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC). 
The Commission is intended to be “solely dedicated to providing assistance to the President in the investigation and hearing of administrative cases and complaints, and in the conduct of lifestyle checks and/or fact-finding inquiries concerning presidential appointees and other public officers allegedly involved in graft and corrupt practices”.
Malacañang clarified that the Commission will cover only officials and employees belonging to the executive branch.
I have qualms about how effective such a body will be.  It will most probably end up as just another costly and ineffective layer in the bureaucracy.
Similar bodies have been created in the past.  They all failed because of the principle of due process which entails frustrating delays in investigation and hearings of administrative cases and complaints that bedevil our justice system. 
There is also the real danger of the members of the commission and its staff falling prey to the overtures of those being investigated. 
According to Digong, he has just fired two officials in Malacañang for influence peddling. 
I have no idea how he found out what they were doing wrong.  But the point is he found out and  must have confronted them with irrefutable proof.
And lest we forget, that was also how he got rid of two cabinet members, the head of the National Irrigation Agency and recently, a GSIS Board member – without a fuss.  How he found out their “sins” is perhaps something he should resort to instead of creating another costly layer in the bureaucracy.

My two centavos’ worth, Mr. President.

COMELEC CHAIRMAN BAUTISTA

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista has been let off the hook by our honorable congressmen who dismissed the impeachment case filed against him.
Our honorable congressmen gave more importance to form over substance.  They didn’t even bother to go through the substance of the case filed against Bautista, principally the huge deposits in his numerous bank accounts, the passbooks for which were provided by his estranged wife.  The total deposits reportedly amounted to over P1 billion which he failed to include in his Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SALN).    
Bautista also allegedly took commissions from a law firm retained by Smartmatic, the provider for the allegedly “faulty” automated election system.
What is noteworthy is that there was no palpable “violent” reaction from Malacanang, the Senate or the general public to the dismissal by Congress of the impeachment case against Bautista.
That puzzles me.  If it is true that last year’s mechanized voting system was rigged in favor of certain candidates, Bautista should be held accountable for it, as it strikes at the very heart of our democratic system.  It thwarted the will of the people.

PEACE TALKS WITH CPP-NPA-NDFP

For the nth time, Digong said he will no longer talk peace with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NPA-NDFP).
 “At this stage, I am not ready to talk to them because it is not good for the country… the way that it is now, ayaw ko (I don’t like) and maybe it would take some time to, maybe another president, to do it,” Duterte said last week.
Sounds like he means it this time.  Or does he?
 “The President is just expressing his great frustration that his initial bold and unprecedented efforts to finally end insurgency and rebellion in the country did not get a reciprocal gesture/action from those across the peace table.  But knowing his deep passion to attain just and sustainable peace in the land, all these present problems and gaps may be breached when the so-called enabling environment conducive to a peaceful settlement’ is present. So let’s just wait and see for the moment,” Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said.
I don’t think Dureza would say that without clearance from Digong. 
In any case, let’s watch what happens.

CHINESE ARMS DONATION

China has turned over last week to the Armed Forces of the Philippines 3000 assault rifles, 3 million rounds of ammunition and 90 scopes for the sniper rifles that were part of the first batch of weapons donated by China last June.
 “We are lucky that the Chinese government provided the firearms,” said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana who received the items from Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua.
 “Lucky” indeed, especially after the delivery of 27,000 rifles that we ordered earlier was withheld by the US ostensibly due to allegations of human rights violations in the conduct of the government’s war against illegal drugs. 
***
Today is the 159th day of the eleventh year of the enforced disappearance of Jonas Burgos, son of the late press icon and founder of this newspaper.
The family and friends of Jonas hope that the Duterte administration will exert serious efforts to find and haul the perpetrators of Jonas’ disappearance to justice.
***
From an internet friend:
A man and a woman were fast asleep in bed.  Suddenly, at 4 o’clock in the morning, a resounding noise came from outside. 
The woman, sort of bewildered, jumped up from the bed and yelled at the man. 
“Oh No! That must be my husband!” 
The man quickly got out of bed, panicked and naked.  He jumped out the window like a crazy man, smashed on the ground, picked himself up and went straight through a thorn bush, then he stood up and started to run as fast as he could to his car... 
A few minutes later the door opened and the man was standing at it, panting hard, with dirt and scratches all over him. 
He yelled: “I’m your husband, you mad cow!” 
And the woman answered:
“Oh, yeah? And why were you running, you bastard?!?” 
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