November 23, 2017, 2:47 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07222 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23697 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.035 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34334 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02609 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.035 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03933 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.63992 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03265 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00741 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.27689 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02668 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13491 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06405 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28171 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20626 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 393.707 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03929 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0252 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01953 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.51721 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13055 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 59.27237 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.06096 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.84798 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42782 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.47748 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12472 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93215 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.25679 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26216 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34612 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53196 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01676 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0411 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01485 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01485 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.09043 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92566 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 176.89283 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14439 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.01731 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15359 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46264 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12608 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.21691 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.23442 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 266.33236 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06904 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28012 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.94985 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 692.86138 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03638 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.46903 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01391 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.2151 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03441 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.37082 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 78.99705 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.32547 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.69912 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.59685 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00593 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01613 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.50443 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 163.16618 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.60669 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.02262 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.44897 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2763 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05995 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0122 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02689 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18578 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34307 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.02635 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.80433 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 47.94494 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15822 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.90266 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6647 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30619 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.0885 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37348 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08155 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27622 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.00098 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60177 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16317 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03638 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02891 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00756 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06359 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06374 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06568 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07087 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 110.87513 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07473 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07785 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.16841 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.36755 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07374 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15449 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26735 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13097 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16686 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0267 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01486 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4367 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.85251 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.99312 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 410.64307 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17207 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.12743 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27624 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64562 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04905 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04547 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07723 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13037 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59133 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.93314 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51976 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.28811 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57699 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 158.89873 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19617 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 446.39136 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.10089 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05108 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.98368 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0531 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.988 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.98682 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.91504 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2763 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 102.05507 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.11701 Zimbabwe dollar

Australians to train Filipino troops?

US Ambassador Sung Kim last week vigorously denied that his Government, through the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), wants President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong ousted.

It will be recalled that Digong recently claimed the CIA wanted him out of the government and that if he is killed, the agency would be to blame.

Kim stressed his government’s commitment to the Philippines with continued military and humanitarian assistance.

He added that President Donald Trump will discuss “all important issues” like North Korea, maritime security, recent developments in Mindanao, economic ties and strengthening of cultural and people-to-people ties with Digong when he visits Manila next month.

No human rights?! Well, well, well…

Perhaps it would be as good a time as any for Digong to flag to Trump that he intends to re-visit the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) at an appropriate time in the near future.

It would be most interesting to see how Trump reacts to it.

I mention this again because both agreements are a derogation of our sovereignty. And if Digong’s much-vaunted independent foreign policy were to remain credible, he has to pursue it with greater consistency. He cannot keep on changing his mind about his past pronouncements. 

For instance, he reportedly authorized the resumption next year of the Balikatan military exercises with the US in its original form which he had previously ordered stopped because he said they weren’t necessary and consistent with the new foreign policy. As I said in a previous column, consistency is key to the successful pursuit of an independent foreign policy.

AUSTRALIANS TO TRAIN FILIPINO TROOPS?

“Australian Forces to train Filipino troops on urban warfare” – Headline

Shouldn’t that read “Australian Forces to train WITH Filipino troops on urban warfare”?

I ask this because I do not recall any urban warfare taking place anywhere in Australia in recent memory. Unless, of course, the soldiers they will send have had experience and have actually engaged in urban warfare elsewhere in the world. Then that’s a different story.

On the other hand, our soldiers who fought in Marawi must have gained so much experience in urban warfare in five months that Australian troops could learn from them.

Recently retired AFP Chief Gen. Eduardo Año said it took a while for our soldiers to “adjust and shift their tactics” at the start of the fighting in Marawi.

 “It’s very different because the terrorists were exploiting the use of solid structures, basements and they’re able to maximize the use of snipers, improvised explosive devices, bombs and then they used civilians as human shields. We will come up with a new doctrine on how to fight in urban warfare,” Año told the Associated Press.

I’m sure our troops and the authorities concerned would only be too glad and willing to share those experiences with Australia and other interested allies. 

DUAL CITIZENSHIP

Mr. Barnaby Joyce has been disqualified as deputy Prime Minister and member of Parliament of Australia for having dual citizenship. He has since renounced his New Zealand citizenship.

Four senators with dual citizenship sitting in Parliament were also disqualified.

Politicians, diplomats and other officials and employees serving in government agencies that deal with foreign governments should not have dual citizenship. Logic dictates their split allegiances could adversely affect the national interest.

In this regard, it is common knowledge that there are/were a number of government officials and employees, notably in the Department of Foreign Affairs, who have/had dual citizenships. That should henceforth be strictly banned. 

OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN THE US

The recent announcement by Trump that the opioid epidemic in the US which he called a “national shame” and “human tragedy”, is really not new. 

More than two months ago, on August 11, 2017 to be exact, CNN reported that Trump declared the day before that the opioid crisis is a “national emergency”.

Here is what I wrote on the matter in my column of August 15, 2017:

“Buried under the headlines created by US President Donald Trump’s ranting about ‘fire and fury’ threat against North Korea and that the US is ‘locked and loaded’ as the former readies its missiles, is Trump’s statement about the opioid epidemic in the US. Opioid is an opiumlike compound.

‘The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency. It’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had,’ Trump said.

“According to a CNN report, from 2000 to 2015, more than 500,000 people died in the US of drug overdoses and opioids account for the majority of those.

“No wonder Trump once told Digong he understands the latter’s war against illicit drugs.”

Hopefully, the bleeding hearts in the US will henceforth look more kindly and with greater understanding at our conduct of the war against illegal drugs, given the big difference obtaining in the political and socio-economic situations in the two countries.

THE MILE-LONG PROPERTY

Not only was Digong able to recover the Mile Long property in Makati from the Prieto-Rufino family… the people will also benefit from the back taxes estimated at P2 billion that the court has ordered the family to pay the government.

Neither Gloria Arroyo nor Noynoy Aquino was able, or even deigned, to do that. It had to take a probinsiyano from Davao to pull it off. 

And his detractors have the temerity to say there is no change in Digong’s administration?! Naman…! 

Incidentally, many are wondering what ever happened to the plan of tycoon Ramon Ang to buy the Inquirer broadsheet from the Prietos.

CHRISTOPHER ‘BONG’ GO

Digong is really of a different mold compared to all his predecessors. For one thing, he is the only president with an ubiquitous shadow in the person of his Man Friday, Cristopher “Bong” Go who has the title of Special Assistant to the President and is head of the Presidential Management Staff and the Office of the Appointments Secretary.

Wow! Does he even find time for himself or his family?!

People wonder what lurks in the mind of the poker-faced Go. But one thing is quite obvious – he has the absolute trust and confidence of Digong. That, people say, makes him the most “influential” and “powerful” person in the country after Digong himself.

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QUESTION: Why do the Yellows like the color yellow?

ANSWER: Because the official color of the royalty in Brunei and in Thailand is yellow and they think they are the royalty in the Philippines.

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Today is the 180th day of the eleventh year of the enforced disappearance of Jonas Burgos, son of the late press icon and founder of this newspaper.

After the acquittal of Major Harry Baliaga, Jr., the only person formally charged with Jonas’ kidnapping, I guess what happens next is now up to Divine Providence.

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From an internet friend:

Two married friends are out drinking one night, when one turns to the other and says, “You know, I don’t know what else to do. Whenever I go home after we’ve been out drinking, I turn the headlights off before I get to the driveway. I shut off the engine and coast into the garage. Take my shoes off before I go into the house, I sneak up the stairs, get undressed in the bathroom, stick my foot in the toilet and pee down my leg to prevent splashing sounds. I ease into bed and my wife still wakes up and yells at me for staying out so late.” 

His friend looks at him and says, “Well, you’re obviously taking the wrong approach. I screech into the driveway, slam the door, storm up the steps, pee hard into the toilet water, then use the full flush, throw my shoes in the closet, undress in the bedroom, then jump into bed, slap her on the butt and say ‘Who’s horny?’

She always acts like she’s sound asleep. Works every time!”

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