July 21, 2018, 5:35 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0687 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01833 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03442 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51646 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02528 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0333 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03741 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.57108 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03151 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00707 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 32.75309 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02527 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12832 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07203 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27899 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19255 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 374.4856 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03737 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02464 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01868 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.20576 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12563 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 53.5578 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.55649 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.77142 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41506 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.32024 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11972 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93303 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19981 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25129 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33389 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51106 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01606 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03917 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01429 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01431 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08962 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.88982 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 168.66816 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14005 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.88103 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1468 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44747 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1187 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26057 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.20183 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.36027 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06796 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28159 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.25963 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 813.69248 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99588 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.43547 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01325 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11107 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.8771 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27484 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 75.70146 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.90311 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 16.83502 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.15413 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00566 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01534 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.4508 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 157.22035 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.15189 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.98915 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 3.00412 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24822 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05703 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01161 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02573 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17723 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31076 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.98373 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.78638 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.80995 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15122 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.64048 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64347 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29125 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.40105 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35353 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07589 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24819 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.7153 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58586 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15284 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04293 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02753 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00719 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06114 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06073 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.39618 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0692 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.97905 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06809 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07472 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.95267 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07015 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14747 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25122 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33483 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16573 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02554 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0143 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41538 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 153.38571 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.68088 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 393.68313 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16367 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.633 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24845 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.62252 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04952 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04351 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08966 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12587 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57159 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.49906 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49158 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.56977 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58277 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 145.09914 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 2239.05724 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 431.12608 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04265 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04883 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.52881 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05051 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.52881 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.90591 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.67265 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24818 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 97.07258 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76955 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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