June 19, 2018, 4:28 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06887 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01763 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03375 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52595 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02519 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03338 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0375 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.56891 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03163 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00708 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 32.83293 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02508 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12845 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06994 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26852 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19282 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 375.39846 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03746 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02475 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0187 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.85955 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12072 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.23964 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.57585 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.78136 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41526 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.32833 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1203 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92481 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19301 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25282 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33377 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51078 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01616 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03862 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01411 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01411 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08774 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.8783 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 168.7418 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13756 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.86799 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14715 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44823 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11904 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.22745 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.20533 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 261.11007 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06788 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27862 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.20139 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 793.5496 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01763 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.42115 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01329 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07454 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.89293 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28161 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 75.86537 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.83274 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 16.87605 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.66229 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00567 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01538 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.31164 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 157.15357 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.23364 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.99081 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.62835 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2522 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05717 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01164 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02542 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17853 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31382 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.9715 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.27658 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.11532 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15157 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.65667 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65479 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29196 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.37802 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.38672 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0747 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2516 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.71292 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58522 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15276 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03846 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02698 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00722 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06144 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05887 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23233 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06922 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 105.94412 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06825 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07529 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18378 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.92781 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07032 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1483 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25162 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33668 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16475 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02532 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01412 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41639 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 148.88431 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.53816 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 395.79974 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16407 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.65648 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25162 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61204 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04892 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04288 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08861 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12572 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56497 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.52766 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49372 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.94825 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59066 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 148.13426 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1496.34352 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 427.78924 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02025 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04811 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.58541 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05063 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.58541 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91656 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.68498 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25181 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 97.30921 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.78605 Zimbabwe dollar

Canadian waste

I WATCHED and listened to the entire arrival statement and press conference of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong when he returned from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit held in Vietnam last week.
For 1 hour and 16 minutes, Digong did not utter a single cuss word. And it was not because of the absence of questions asked that usually triggers emotional outbursts from him, particularly those on illegal drugs and interference of other countries in our domestic affairs.
There were brief moments in his responses when he looked like he was about to utter his favorite expletive. But none came.
My humble compliments, Mr. President. It must have taken a lot of conscious effort on your part to resist the powerful urge to cuss during those moments. 

CANADIAN WASTE 
I am glad that environmental advocates led by activist priest Robert Reyes have raised at this time the issue of the Canadian waste dumped in the Philippines several years ago. 
I have written about the matter a couple of times in the past. The last time was when it was brought up during the APEC Summit held here two years ago. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to look into the matter and come up with what he called a “Canadian solution”. 
That was two years ago, mind you, and nothing has happened since.
I think it behooves our officials to raise the matter again with Trudeau. Thereafter, the Department of Foreign Affairs should keep following up the matter with the Canadian Embassy here and our Embassy in Ottawa. 
Given the lack of appropriate action on Canada’s part in the last two years, it is not farfetched that she will continue to sidestep the issue. That being the case, I’d like to reiterate the alternative solution I previously suggested – send back the 100 containers to Canada or dump them in international waters, put the blame on Canada’s inaction and call it the “Canadian solution”.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources reportedly said that the Canadian waste is “strictly prohibited to be exported and is classified as Waste No. Y46 listed in Annex II of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal.”
(NOTE: I hope someone from the Philippine Delegation reads this piece this morning. There may still be time to raise the matter with Trudeau before he leaves.)

NOYNOY’S MAMASAPANO CASE
The mainstream media had a field day writing about Digong agreeing with Senator Antonio Trillanes’ view that the case filed before the Sandiganbayan against ex-President Noynoy Aquino will not prosper.
The impression that one gets from the reports is that the two agree with the Ombudsman’s decision to charge Noynoy with only graft and usurpation of authority.
I do not believe that that is the case. I think Digong agrees with Trillanes only insofar as the weakness of the charge is concerned. Both agree that a President has the inherent authority to issue orders to the Armed Forces and the PNP. Therefore, there could not have been a usurpation of authority.
I think Digong’s position is that it was the wrong charge. He is worried Noynoy will be acquitted and altogether escape responsibility for the Mamasapano Massacre of the SAF 44.
In contrast, Trillanes’ position is confined merely to the weakness of the charge and gives the impression he would be happy if Noynoy were acquitted.
Another NoynoYellow supporter, Senator Joel Villanueva who is not a lawyer, said the charges against Noynoy are “legally inappropriate”. 
Does he mean the Ombudsman made a mistake? If so, he’s right. They were the wrong charges in that they obviously are meant to make Noynoy get off the hook. 
In this regard, it will be recalled that the Senate hearings conducted on the Massacre by the Senate committee chaired by Senator Grace Poe and the probe conducted by the PNP panel headed by retired General Benjamin Magalong both concluded that Noynoy was responsible for the tragedy. 
***
Noynoy-appointed Ombudsman, Conchita Carpio Morales, decided to file the lesser charges of graft and usurpation of official function against her benefactor in the Sandiganbayan in an obvious attempt to shield Noynoy from a harsher verdict.
“We say again that the said charges are designed to fail—in order to inoculate President Aquino against the graver charge of mass homicide which could possibly put him behind bars for the rest of his life,” said Ferdinand Topacio, legal counsel of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC).
The VACC wants reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide as one of the possible charges against Aquino for the deaths of the SAF44. 

PDAF AND DAP
The Department of Justice has started its reinvestigation on the multibillion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
I think the DOJ should include in its investigation the alleged bribe given to all the incumbent senators, except three, at the time of the impeachment trial of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. The bribe money was sourced from the illegally declared Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) concocted by Noynoy and his erstwhile budget secretary Florencio Abad.
According to reports, Senator Franklin Drilon allegedly received the biggest amount (P100 million) followed by Senator Chiz Escudero (P99 million). The rest received P50 million each. Some congressmen also allegedly received varying amounts sourced from the DAP for voting to impeach Corona.
The alleged bribe recipients should all be made to account for the money they got. Otherwise, they should be charged in accordance with the law. 
Naturally, the bribe giver should also be held accountable for the illegal act.
***
Today is the 194th 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.
***
From an internet friend:
Two guys are out hiking. All of a sudden, a bear starts chasing them. 
They climb a tree, but the bear starts climbing up the tree after them. The first guy gets his sneakers out of his knapsack and starts putting them on. 
The second guy says, “What are you doing?” 
He says, “I figure when the bear gets close to us, we’ll jump down and make a run for it.” 
The second guy says, “Are you crazy? You can’t outrun a bear.” 
The first guy says, “I don’t have to outrun the bear. I only have to outrun you.” 
***
14 November 2017
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