March 20, 2018, 4:31 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07076 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0501 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0343 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.38842 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02496 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0343 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03854 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.59711 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03064 Bulgarian Lev
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1 Philippine Peso = 33.73757 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01927 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02536 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13218 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0632 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01927 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24952 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18446 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 385.7418 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03849 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02523 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01834 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.71927 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12196 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 55 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.83487 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01927 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.72909 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.39802 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.40713 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11676 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95896 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19576 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2451 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33786 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52447 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01566 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03882 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01381 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01383 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08486 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.90173 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 173.4682 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14135 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.95511 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15109 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45397 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11662 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24432 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.86975 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 264.79768 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06653 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25202 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.8131 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 726.26201 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91715 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.44817 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01361 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04193 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.94701 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.31502 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.72447 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.69364 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.34104 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.59788 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00577 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0158 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.21407 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 159.5183 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.01156 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.00482 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.52331 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23064 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01196 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02554 Libyan Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.31757 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.96012 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.78035 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 46.03083 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15554 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76301 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6368 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.74605 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35992 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07528 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23044 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.87861 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59692 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14861 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00301 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02669 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00742 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01927 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06293 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06089 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.12852 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06613 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.35838 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07013 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07303 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.108 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.24143 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07225 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14897 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25942 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34781 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15787 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02537 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01381 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42786 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 147.01348 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.88632 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 384.19653 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16859 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.92254 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23065 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60154 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0462 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04308 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0755 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12954 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56091 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.31406 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.50848 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 70.36609 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01927 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54624 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 156.45471 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 704.39304 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 438.59343 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01233 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0486 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.2763 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05202 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.2763 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.85954 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.81503 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23062 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.99036 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.97302 Zimbabwe dollar


RECENTLY, US Ambassador Sung Kim reiterated that his government is working “very hard” to return to us the Balangiga bells which were taken by American troops after slaughtering everyone who was ten years old and above in Balangiga town in Samar. 
The retaliatory massacre took place in l901 after US troops in Balangiga were defeated by our mostly bolo-wielding “revolucionarios” fighting for independence. 
Many other US envoys before Kim have given the same assurance but nothing has come out of it. 
By happenstance, General Antonio N. Sotelo (ret.), a genuine hero of EDSA I and former commanding general of the Philippine Air Force, gave me permission to publish the following piece that he wrote on the “Duplicity in US Foreign Policy” that should give the reader a glimpse of how the US “speaks one way and acts another”: 

Hereunder are quotations from the book “The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (Updated Edition)” by John J. Mearsheimer: 
 “ … In essence, a discernible gap separates public rhetoric from the actual conduct of American foreign policy. 
 “It should be obvious to intelligent observers that the United States speaks one way and acts another. In fact, policymakers in other states have always remarked about this tendency in American foreign policy. As long ago as 1939, for example, Carr
pointed out that states on the European continent regard(ed) the English speaking peoples as ‘masters in the art of concealing their selfish national interest in the guise of the general good’, adding that ‘this hypocrisy is a special and characteristic peculiarity of the Anglo-Saxon mind’.”
After reading and understanding the quotations above, did you ever believe what the United States had been telling us when we were embroiled with China on our territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea? 
Read the book “The Imperial Cruise” by James Bradley. You will find that the seeds of the 2nd World War in the Pacific were planted by the duplicity of American foreign policy. 
In our Revolution of 1896, we were deceived by America. We thought all along that once the Spaniards were defeated, we would have our country. Instead, America bought us from Spain for a token price of $20 million which translates to $0.66 per hectare with one Filipino standing on the land. We were no better, in fact worse, than the black people sold at the auction block in New Orleans as slaves. 
In World War II, Filipinos fought side by side with the Americans, in a war not of our own making. We were told every carabao killed, every coconut tree felled will be compensated. When the war was won, our veterans were treated shabbily. They were worth only half a person, perhaps, because in their eyes we were no better than slaves. 
Today, thanks to President Digong, or whatever name you call him. He brought us to a position where we can stand tall as an independent country. Yes, we are poor but we have our dignity back, not the lapdog of anyone. For that alone, he is my hero. 
At this point, this is a warning. We should be wary about people pretending to be nationalists but agents who are in the payroll of a foreign power who, seemingly, are espousing our national interest but in fact promoting the interest of their benefactor. These people are part of the intelligentsia. You read their articles in newspapers. You see them on television and other broadcast media. You find them in high society. They are well dressed in coat and tie or barong. 
Between these people and our President, I will take our President anytime. I have complete faith in him. He will not sell us out. 
End of quote… 


As expected, US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the
capital of Israel was met with near-universal condemnation by Muslim countries in particular, and other members of the international community. 
The US also found herself isolated in the UN Security Council during an emergency meeting last week as fellow members, one after the other, criticized Trump’s decision as being inconsistent with past UN resolutions, including one that says Jerusalem is Israeli-occupied. 
Protests and clashes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip, Jerusalem and other Palestinian territories erupted, with two Palestinians killed and dozens injured near the Gaza Strip. 
Huge demonstrations also reportedly took place in countries like Jordan, Malaysia and Turkey. 


There have been proposals for Jerusalem to be declared an international city because of the presence of three of the holy shrines of the world’s three major religions – Christianity, Islam and Judaism. 
The following are located in the city: 1) The Church of the Nativity which is venerated by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus; 2) The Wailing Wall, Judaism’s most sacred site; and 3) The Dome of the Rock which is a Muslim shrine that is part of a larger Muslim holy area in East Jerusalem.. 
The Palestinians want East Jerusalem, which was seized by Israel in 1967 and annexed in 1980, to be the capital of a future state of Palestine. Unfortunately, Israel has already unilaterally decided that the whole of Jerusalem is her state capital. 
Expect the repercussions or fallout from Trump’s decision to be so consequential as to overshadow the brewing trouble in the Korean peninsula. 
Good or bad? Only time will tell. 
In this regard, it would be interesting to know what will be the position of our government on Trump’s declaration. 
China and Russia favor West Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state of Palestine. 


Is Vice President Leni Robredo, whose election is under protest, changing her color or to put it more bluntly, is she now distancing herself from the Yellowtards? 
First, she says those responsible for the Dengvaxia anomaly must be made to account for it. 
According to news reports, it was ex-President Noynoy Aquino who allegedly “personally negotiated” (he reportedly went to Paris in December 2015) the deal with Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of the defective anti-dengue vaccine that has now endangered the lives of young Filipinos vaccinated with it, numbering about 800,000. 
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to probe the anomaly that would include Aquino. I suppose a case against Aquino, former Health Secretary Janette Garin, former DBM Secretary Florencio Abad and possibly others will be filed, depending on the results of the investigation. 
 (In contrast, newly-appointed Health Secretary Francisco Duque III wants to hear from Aquino and Garin first… “I’m sure they actually meant well. I have no doubt that they did mean well,” he said. Whose side is he on?) 
Second, Robredo unconditionally backed President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong’s declaration of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as a “terrorist organization”.
“For me, what’s the definition of a ‘terrorist’? A terrorist sows fear without any reason. Terrorists are also those who kill civilians and extort money from them,” Robredo said.
She added that there should be no politics in fighting terrorism “because it will harm people’s security and the future of our country”.
It’s a good statement. But what about her Liberal Party mates? Are they in agreement with her? The people would be interested to hear from them.
Today is the 222nd 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:
There is a new study about women and how they feel about their asses. The results are pretty interesting:
30 percent of women think their ass is too fat; 10 percent of women think their ass is too skinny; the remaining 60 percent say they don’t care, they love him, he’s a good man and they wouldn’t trade him for the world…
Just kidding guys, we know you have a sense of humor, right?
Average: 4 (4 votes)

Column of the Day

China backs Philippines

By REY O. ARCILLA | March 20,2018
‘As an agency of the UN, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is expected to fulfill its duties within the framework set out by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.’ – Chinese spokesman Lu Kang.

Opinion of the Day

Napoles redux

By ABIGAIL VALTE | March 20, 2018
‘Napoles can be weaponized against just about anyone that the administration dislikes.’