April 20, 2018, 3:18 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07053 UAE Dirham
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.03418 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.38677 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02467 Australian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06526 Brazilian Real
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1 Philippine Peso = 11.41406 Chilean Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01551 Euro
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01349 British Pound
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.89975 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.80584 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14089 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.95007 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15072 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45249 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11491 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24505 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.8093 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 264.60534 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06739 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26727 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.73862 Iraqi Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.37565 Jamaican Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.06171 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92145 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.32194 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.97331 Cambodia Riel
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1 Philippine Peso = 17.28442 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.40042 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00575 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01575 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.25043 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.93989 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.9034 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.99693 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.50451 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22892 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01192 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02543 Libyan Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.31452 Moldovan Leu
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1 Philippine Peso = 25.52333 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.86134 Mongolian Tugrik
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.76013 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64144 Mauritius Rupee
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.35007 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07459 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22915 Namibian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.59554 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14884 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01652 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02629 New Zealand Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06176 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
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1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.21836 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06459 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.04187 Paraguayan Guarani
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07223 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.16816 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.22066 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07202 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14768 Solomon Islands Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02513 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01349 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42646 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.53351 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.79316 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 380.06338 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16804 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.89015 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22917 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.599 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04602 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04292 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07736 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12961 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56365 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.7488 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.50259 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 70.84694 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54158 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 154.65719 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1139.831 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 437.43038 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00538 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04922 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.16881 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05185 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.16881 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.83983 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.79931 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2292 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.66391 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.95026 Zimbabwe dollar

The Mocha-Martin merry-go-round

If you’ve ever been taken around circles or ridden on a carousel then you must be familiar with the feeling. Remember the organ music artificially piped playing over and over as fiberglass horses mimic galloping in slow motion and the make-believe ponies with the wildest eyes and gaping mouths ride up and down candy-striped poles. 

Immerse in the fantasy. Remember the dazzling lights bouncing off mirrors, bending the spectrum and distorting images as the carousel spins to children’s music under a tasseled canopy resembling a gigantic circus tent. 

It’s part of the circus. Elsewhere, magicians play with smoke and mirrors, circus strong men lift oversized weights, and clowns and jokers prance around, grandstand and elicit laughs. Nothing is real and the carousel ride is surreal. The optics and audio-visuals are, however, awesome and the roundabout tour, mystical and magical.

Store this at the back of the mind’s eye as we awaken and discuss a similar circus. Let’s confront the reality communicated behind these pages.
Communication is critical given the diversity of issues converging and the simplistic if not crudely colloquial responses from the Malacanang press office that alarmingly ring hollow of an understanding of causes, effects and solutions. 

A series of comedic episodes involving a recently appointed assistant secretary under a veteran media practitioner might provide gossip fodder but the profound implications on the credibility of the government cannot be dismissed as simple instances of comic relief. Daily, values tank, lives are lost and economic development endangered.

Assistant Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson’s notably aggressive and almost fanatical defense of the president’s behavior is constantly overshadowed by avoidable faux pas that the media pounce on simply because she is, at times, short on circumspection albeit copiously cavalier of the language and material she employs to get her rather zealous messages across. While par for the course on social media -- coincidentally her specific charge at the Palace -- from the perspective of disciplined discourse these introduce extraneous variables that distort the truth. 

For instance, while seeking support for our troops in the south Uson accompanied her plea with a photograph of Honduran soldiers in prayer. While the optics were merely representative and the posting was on an unofficial medium, the disconnects, however slight, generated a viral feeding frenzy.

Uson is assistant secretary at the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO). Hers is not one-off. Other official agencies had likewise used disconnected material. The Philippine News Agency (PNA), supervised by PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar in discussing urban warfare, used a photograph from the Vietnam conflict to represent fighting in Lanao del Sur. They later corrected the mistake.

Earlier, PNA reported an official of the Department of the Interior claimed a number of nations believed that there were no extrajudicial executions in the Philippines. No such claim was made.

Secretary Andanar has likewise been entangled in a communications controversy. Media reacted rather violently when he suggested reporters might have been involved in a pay-off in relation to a press conference on the extrajudicial killings issue.

Communication’s criticality is more so heightened with the declaration of martial law encompassing over a third of the Philippines from a confined conflict erupting on a 99.6 percent Muslim city covering merely 0.08 percent of the total area under martial law. Note that martial law covers even Bislig on Mindanao’s eastern seaboard where, statutorily, either invasion or rebellion should likewise be raging. While religion and geography pale in comparison with security aspects that compel drastic declarations, the criticality of truthful communications attains more importance at this time than at any other.

The reasons are legion given misconceptions on martial law and the deep albeit justified nightmares drummed into our subconscious from past horrors and profound fears inflicted under a despot.

Note that Rodrigo R. Duterte, in justifying martial law, cited the beheading of a police official during a checkpoint in Marawi. (Philippine Daily Inquirer, May 24, 2017). Never mind that the man resurfaced later, his head intact. If that is the quality of intel communicated to the person empowered to declare martial law, then we’re in trouble.

Officials attribute communications lapses to a propensity for hyperbole and the deliberate use of popular prose and colorful colloquialism, spinning presidential communication as a matter of style, which in turn is a matter of choice. In a previous administration we were even fed that ludicrous yarn of alternative truths.

It’s unfortunate that Duterte’s communications officials were vetted under controversial standards. For Uson, it was personal payback using taxpayers money. For the foreign-educated, experienced and highly qualified Andanar, it might have been, ironically, a simple matter of his being in the room at the right time.

Truth is neither a question of style nor a matter of choice. There are no alternative truths. A half truth is a lie. The verbal depravity constantly inflicted on us cauterizes the public, numbing, dulling, and relegating official lies as simple matters of syntax and style. 

It is time we get off this merry-go-round. The circus clowns, the magicians and the jokers have had their laugh.
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