April 22, 2018, 8:39 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07053 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99923 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03418 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.38677 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02467 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03418 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03841 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.59228 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03034 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00724 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 33.62742 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02503 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13175 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06526 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26032 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18403 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 384.48243 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03837 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02421 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01858 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.41406 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12052 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 52.12791 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.7778 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.71039 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.39282 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.39601 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11551 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94891 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.1798 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24262 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33916 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52276 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01551 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03865 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01348 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01349 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08525 Ghanaian Cedi
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
1 Philippine Peso = 806.60649 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91031 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.37565 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01361 Jordanian Dinar
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
1 Philippine Peso = 7.61206 Comoros Franc
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
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05855 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01192 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02543 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17577 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31452 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94968 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.52333 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.86134 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15521 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76013 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64144 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29902 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.70175 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35007 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07459 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22915 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.87536 Nigerian Naira
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
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00739 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0192 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06176 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06241 Papua New Guinea Kina
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
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0699 Qatar Rial
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
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25792 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34667 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.161 Swedish Krona
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

Phaseout of jeepneys

I SUPPOSE the phaseout of jeepneys that are 15 years old or older has already started. The government decreed that they should be removed from the streets starting this month as part of its transport modernization program. 
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong admonished the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (Piston) for opposing the program with the warning that “come January 1, if I see an unregistered jeepney, old ones, I will have it towed in front of you. If you want disarray, I have lots of policemen.” 
“There is a time for friendship and there is a time to be reasonable and there is a time for reconciliation and a time for hatred,” Digong said. 
“Filipinos are at stake here. I am the president of the nation. I have to abandon the civilities and the niceties of life. When I was mayor, you were my friends…This time I am the president of the Republic of the Philippines and it’s not about me. It’s about the law,” he added. 
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said “the public utility vehicle modernization program of the Duterte administration is not anti-poor, contrary to the claims of some transport groups.” 
And, if I may add, the Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Teodoro Locsin, Jr. 
Locsin asked the government to reconsider the phaseout of the jeepneys and instead consider banning luxury cars that cost more than $20,000. 
Just how many luxury cars are there in the country that are used for daily commuting by the owners? And will banning them really help ease the gridlock we have everyday all over Metro Manila and other cities? 
“Just extend interest free loans to jeepney owners to keep the old banged up appearance that bears the scars of Philippine history. Just change the engine to that of a Benz,” Locsin said. 
Huh? Wouldn’t that be less practical and more expensive than replacing the old jeepneys with the proposed vehicle that Locsin considers “silly and infantile”? 

MARIJUANA FOR EXPORT

According to a CNN report, there is a growing number of countries that have legalized the use of marijuana or cannabis for medical and recreational purposes. And the list is getting longer. 
Consequently, the world demand for the weed has also significantly increased. 
Already, the Australian government said it was legalizing overseas exports of marijuana products for medical uses. 
“We’d like to potentially be the world’s number one supplier,” its health minister said. 
CNN also reported that a US-based market research and consulting firm forecast that the global market for medicinal marijuana would hit more than $55 billion by 2025. 
CNN cited Canada and The Netherlands as the major producers of medicinal marijuana, while import markets include Germany and Croatia. 
In the US, recreational use of marijuana is being legalized on a state-by-state basis. California has already done it effective January 1 this year. Canada is expected to follow soon. 
CNN said that according to Marijuana Business Daily, recreational sales for marijuana are expected to total $7.1 billion to $10.3 billion in the U.S. by 2021. 
I’ve read and heard of clandestine marijuana planting in the country. We could be a big supplier of the weed if we legalized its cultivation strictly for exports only, under stringent governmental regulations and supervision, couldn’t we? It would help a lot of marginal farmers in the countryside earn more. It could also be a good source of much-needed foreign exchange. 
Just thinking aloud, but it’s an idea that the Department of Agriculture and other relevant agencies may wish to explore. 

DIGONG’S
ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE

Next on the chopping block of Digong of government officials who travel too much could be CHED head Patricia Licuanan. The last one was Marcial Amaro of Marina. He followed Terry Ridon of the Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor and Development Academy of the Philippines head Elba Cruz.
Licuanan was once asked to stop attending Cabinet meetings, but for some reason managed to stick to her job. 
But what I cannot help wondering about is the complaint made by Digong’s new appointee as board member of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Sandra Cam.
Cam accused PCSO chief Alexander Balutan of allegedly spending P10 million for the agency’s Christmas party in the luxury five-star Shangrila Hotel on Edsa. 
Balutan claimed only P5 million was spent for the party.
As I said in my last column, P5 million, by any stretch of the imagination, is too much for a party, especially for a government office whose existence it owes to the majority of the poor people who shell out a few pesos each lottery draw in the fervent hope that they’d win and get them out of their misery. Theirs is the same money that the PCSO revelers spent for their party.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, at the time, said: “I think you know that the President does not tolerate extravagance… I’m sure the President will look into the matter.” 
Has he? Nothing has been heard about the matter since. 
In the meantime, Cam and Balutan are squabbling and hurling accusations against each other which obviously is not good for the agency. What is Digong going to do about it? 

SERENO

I daresay Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno’s goose is cooked. 
With 10 out of 14 of her colleagues in the high court testifying against her, I think her ouster is a foregone conclusion. 
And even if she survives impeachment, how could she function effectively with the majority of her colleagues against her? Without any respect for her? 
I join others who believe that her best recourse would be to resign effective immediately… unless there is truth to the rumor that she is banking on being bailed out by an unnamed tycoon who will pay every senator who votes to acquit her P200 million. 
It’s a wild story but then again, we have seen it happen before for a much lesser amount, albeit paid for a guilty vote. 
*** 
I would like to express sincere condolences to the family of our esteemed publisher, Amado “Jake” P. Macasaet, who passed away last Sunday morning. May the Almighty grant him eternal peace. 
*** 
REMINDERS
This segment is intended to remind the administration of some of its yet unfulfilled promises and matters that need attention and/or follow-up action.
1) Digong’s promise to rid the country of foreign troops. This, of course, includes re-visiting the lopsided VFA and the EDCA with the US.
2) Reciprocal visa arrangements with the US and other countries.
3) The retrieval of the Balangiga bells.
4) The return of the Canadian waste.
5) The immediate implementation of the FOI.
*** 
Today is the 243rd 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 nerdy male students meet on campus one day.
One of them notices that the other is on a shiny new racing bike.
He calls out to the other: “Hey -- nice bike! Where did you get it?” 
“Well,” replies the other, “I was walking to class the other day when this pretty, young co-ed rides up on this bike. She jumps off, takes off all of her clothes, and says ‘You can have ANYTHING you want!!’” 
“Good choice,” says the first, “her clothes wouldn’t have fit you anyway.” 
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