February 22, 2018, 3:25 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 172.74122 Guinea Franc
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1 Philippine Peso = 3.9296 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15011 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45024 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11584 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.216 Haiti Gourde
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.0619 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.9413 Kenyan Shilling
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1 Philippine Peso = 77.09572 Cambodia Riel
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1 Philippine Peso = 17.26453 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.55496 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00575 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01573 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.12565 Kazakhstan Tenge
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.45904 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22463 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.31853 Moldovan Leu
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1 Philippine Peso = 25.47477 Myanmar Kyat
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.71398 Mauritania Ougulya
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.22327 Namibian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02611 New Zealand Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06472 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.82716 Paraguayan Guarani
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.14866 Solomon Islands Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02534 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01372 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42597 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.36485 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.78074 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 381.75523 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16785 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.87876 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22325 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60368 Thai Baht
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0428 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07262 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12717 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.55966 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.06541 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51746 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.67197 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54556 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 156.62766 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 478.3426 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 435.71839 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 1.98465 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04817 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.20986 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05179 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.20986 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.85248 Pacific Franc
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1 Philippine Peso = 99.5492 Zambian Kwacha
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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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