September 21, 2017, 9:25 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07179 UAE Dirham
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.03474 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33168 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02434 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03495 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03909 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.57584 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03196 Bulgarian Lev
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1 Philippine Peso = 33.8794 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01955 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02626 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13468 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06076 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01955 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25293 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19814 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 391.32134 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03905 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02381 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01878 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.19703 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12797 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 56.56763 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.20407 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01955 Cuban Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.42683 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.47146 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12175 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92005 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.16386 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25592 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3448 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45563 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01636 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0398 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0144 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01438 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08637 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.87373 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 174.19859 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14252 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.99648 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15278 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45582 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12205 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.20133 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.05786 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 258.65911 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06872 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25233 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.81079 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 654.02658 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07584 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.54613 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01384 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.17369 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00743 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.34064 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.2025 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.08053 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.59187 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 22.0045 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00588 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01603 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.62568 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 161.53245 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.42533 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.98769 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.27717 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25762 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05959 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01213 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02655 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18266 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34275 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.00176 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.48554 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 47.84988 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15735 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 7.05629 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65031 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30336 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.99922 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34428 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08176 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25704 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.88038 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5933 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15326 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99961 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02667 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00752 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01955 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06351 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06226 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.05629 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06996 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 110.44762 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07117 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07527 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.12619 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.18804 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0733 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15296 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26388 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13018 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15555 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02627 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0144 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43405 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.59891 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.88741 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 400.87765 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17103 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.06607 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25709 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64621 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04766 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04368 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06714 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13149 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58751 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.66693 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51173 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 70.19156 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01955 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56626 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 157.93589 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19498 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 444.15559 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06353 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04908 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.72635 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05278 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.62119 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.9398 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.88468 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25718 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 101.43667 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.07389 Zimbabwe dollar

Armageddon

My God… I hate corruption! – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong.

Now, if only the heads of the other branches of government, the legislative and the judiciary, could also utter the same words with gritted teeth and determination, this country could easily pick itself up from the morass it is in.

Digong has already set the example by giving substance and meaning to his assertion.  He has, for instance,   fired the DILG secretary and the NIA Administration, both old friends, and some 90 other government officials for corruption. 

Senate President Koko Pimentel, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno should do their part in ridding their respective turf of corruption. 

Everyone who cares knows that many honorable members of Congress are still merrily indulging themselves and spending people’s money in the process. 

Honorable senators and congressmen, for instance, have been going on junkets lately.  (Senators going to Paris to “study” climate change?!  Congressmen and House staff members, reportedly to be accompanied by Department of Tourism officials, going to Iceland and Norway, perhaps to witness and marvel at the sun that “never” sets in those two countries at this time of the year?!)

Early this year, Senator Panfilo Lacson also insisted that pork barrel, declared illegal by the Supreme Court, has been included in the 2017 national budget.

As to the judiciary, it is common knowledge that some of its members are not immune to corrupt practices.

When will the heads of these agencies begin to follow Digong’s example?  Needless to say, his efforts to get rid of, if not minimize, corruption also depends significantly on the 7cooperation of these two branches of government. 

We can only hope that the officials concerned have as much love for the country and have the same desire as Digong to serve the Filipino people.

SPECIAL ENVOY TO US

An American friend asked me what Digong’s appointment of a Special Envoy to the US means. 

 “Why not a full-fledged ambassador with residence in Washington?  Does it mean a downgrading of Philippine relations with the US?” he asked.

I told my friend I could only guess what Digong’s reasons might be.

First, he has not found one with the same mindset that he has regarding the form and substance of PH-US relations that are consistent with his decision to pursue a foreign policy that, before his time, was anchored mainly on dependence on the US.

I think he is also waiting for the Trump administration to lay bare its eventual and ultimate policy towards PH-US relations.  Right now, Trump is still preoccupied with issues involving Europe, the European Union, Russia, Syria, North Korea and China.  These issues, like it or not, are far more pressing and important to Washington at this time.

In the meantime, Trump has decided to adopt a friendly and supportive stance towards Digong by expressing support for what the latter is doing about the drug menace.  I suspect though that Trump is simply trying to keep Digong, for the time being, from straying too far from the US fold and falling into the Chinese and Russian embrace.

There is no denying that Digong’s independent foreign policy has already borne fruit.

Witness, for instance, the US’ more forthcoming and supportive attitude towards us, e.g., her unexpected and sudden delivery of previously withheld arms and ammunition for use by the AFP in ridding Marawi of Muslim terrorists, followed by the USAID announcement that it was delivering aid to the victims of the ongoing conflict. 

Note, however, that the US action came in the wake of China’s delivery not only of weapons needed by the AFP, but also her immediate contribution of P15 million towards the rehabilitation of the battered city.

Russia, Japan, South Korea and Australia, among others, have also pledged to help in the rehabilitation of Marawi.  I have not read or heard of any rich Islamic country pledge assistance.

Here, I would like to quote and thank one “Jaundiced Yellowista” for his/her very succinct comments in one local daily on Digong’s foreign policy , to wit:

 “Not to put too fine a point on it, both US and China are vying to be on the good graces of Duterte. Even Japan is not far behind. There’s just too much geopolitical interest at stake for these countries. They know it, Duterte knows it, and they know that Duterte has the full measure of our country’s geostrategic importance to them all. No other president in our nation’s history understood geopolitics so well as Duterte does. And no other president played the superpowers with such acumen as Duterte has done. That’s also because we now have more choices as opposed to the bipolar world order of the Cold War or the subsequent unipolar world order of Pax Americana. In this day and age of the mutli-polar world order, we got more choices to choose from.”

PHOENIX PETROLEUM

A word of thanks is in order to certain private sector companies and businessmen for their ready response to help the people of Marawi. 

The latest among these civic-minded entrepreneurs is a friend, Dennis Uy who is president and chief executive officer of Phoenix Petroleum. 

Uy announced during the celebration of the tenth anniversary of his company’s listing in the PSEI the creation of a P100 million fund he called LIFE, to help soldiers and policemen who were and are fighting in Marawi “secure sustainable livelihood, achieve independence, sustain their families and provide education for their children”.

He said businesses should “recognize and assist security forces as they are the ones who make celebrations of milestones of companies possible”.

 “These times call for a decisive action and a community spirit,” he added.

NORTH KOREA

Another American friend asked me what I thought of the North Korean issue. 

I gather that many Americans are worried about the issue, principally because of Trump’s warning that North Korea could face “some pretty severe” consequences after its defiant test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.  They think Trump is “reckless” enough to take such action.

I told my friend that my considered view is that there is nothing to worry about North Korea or the US launching a nuclear strike against each other any time soon.

To begin with, I do not think Trump is that “reckless”, especially given the problems he faces at the moment with, among others, China and Russia which are friends of North Korea.

North Korea, on the other hand, will do no such thing without clearance from China.  And such clearance is not forthcoming. 

I also believe Kim Jung Un knows his country will be obliterated from the face of the earth should he, in a moment of madness perhaps, decide to attack US territory or overseas military facilities. 

If that happens, China will be faced with the dilemma of either standing idly by while the US takes retaliatory action against North Korea, or resorting to a military confrontation with the US.  In case of the latter scenario, Armageddon would very likely ensue. 

I don’t think anybody would want that. 

Then again, I could be wrong.

MANNY PACQUIAO 

Digong was right when he told boxing icon Manny Pacquiao who lost his welterweight crown to Australian Jeff Horn that “weather-weather lang ‘yan”, which means in Tagalog “pana-panahon lang ‘yan”.

What Digong meant was that the defeat to Horn was merely a temporary setback.

I take a different view.  Pacquiao’s “weather” or “panahon” is over.  He is already past his prime.  He doesn’t have the killer punch anymore, as seen in his last few fights, because of Father Time.  He should heed the plea of his wife and mother, and the advice of his trainer Freddie Roach to quit now.  We do not want to see him end up like Muhammad “The Greatest” Ali, for instance, or some other pugilists who suffered a similar fate.

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Today is the 81st 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.

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From an internet friend:

Welcome to the Golden Years --

They weren’t in my pockets. Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car.  Frantically, I headed for the parking lot.  

My husband has scolded me many times for leaving my keys in the car’s ignition.  

He’s afraid that the car could be stolen. As I looked around the parking lot,

I realized he was right. The parking lot was empty. I immediately called the police.

I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen. 

Then I made the most difficult call of all to my husband:  “I left my keys in the car and it’s been stolen.” 

There was a moment of silence.  I thought the call had been disconnected, but then I heard his voice.  “Are you kidding me?” he barked, “I dropped off!” 

Now it was my turn to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, “Well, come and get me.” 

He retorted, “I will, as soon as I convince this cop that I didn’t steal your car!”

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