March 19, 2018, 5:04 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
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00726 Bahraini Dinar
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
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05874 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01196 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02554 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17689 Moroccan Dirham
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

Political ambassadors

RECENTLY, President Duterte appointed seven new ambassadors.
Two of the new appointees are non-career officers – Cesar Lee Hiong Wee to Indonesia and Abdulmuid Muin to Timor Leste. A third one, Linglingay Lacanlale, is a long retired career officer who is turning 70 in a few months. The three brought the number of political ambassadors appointed by Digong to 18! 
They are: Adnan Alonto – Saudi Arabia; Eduardo Kapunan – Myanmar; Ombra Jainal – Czech Republic; Linglingay Lacanlale – Argentina; Antonio Lagdameo – United Kingdom; Jose Laurel – Japan; Philippe Lhuillier – Spain; Teodoro Locsin, Jr. – Permanent Mission to the UN, New York; Abdulmuid Muin – Timor Leste; Chito Sta. Romana – China; Jose Romualdez – United States; Antonio Teehankee – Permanent Mission to the WTO, Geneva; Bienvenido Tejano – Papua New Guinea; Alan Timbayan – Qatar; Demetrio Tuason – Mexico; Shirley Ho-Vicario – Nigeria; Cesar Lee Hiong Wee – Indonesia; and Joseph del Mar Yap – Singapore.
If memory serves, only ex-President Gloria Arroyo has appointed more political ambassadors to the detriment not only of the service but also of career officers whose upward mobility had been severely limited. Many of them have retired without serving as an ambassador to a foreign country. But, of course, Arroyo was in power for almost ten years.
Digong has not been President for two years and already he has appointed 18 political ambassadors! Heaven knows how many more he will appoint before his term ends. 
In an earlier piece, I pleaded with him to please not “destroy” the Foreign Service. But it looks like he is well on his way to doing so. 


Of the seven recently appointed political ambassadors, Lacanlale incurs the ire and 
disdain of the members of the career corps the most, although I must say the latter are not entirely blameless. They could have banded together and registered their objection to her appointment. I’d rather not speculate on why they didn’t, but they shouldn’t be surprised if Digong continues to appoint more political ambassadors from now on.
Below is an article written by retired career Ambassador Herminigildo C. Cruz.
“The confirmation of Linglingay Lacanlale as ambassador to Argentina in the recent session of the Commission on Appointments indicates that the DFA is still under management by the Yellows. (Former) Sec. Perfecto Yasay and (incumbent) Alan P. Cayetano relieved three other undersecretaries. For reasons known only to them, they retained Lacanlale. Had they taken a harder look, they would (have) found out that yellow management in the DFA equates with corrupt management.
Lacanlale will be 70 years old on July 17, 2018, thus under the provision of RA 7157, the Foreign Service Act of 1991, she will be able to serve only five months. It is, therefore, a foregone conclusion that come July she will have her tenure extended in violation of the law. In her position as undersecretary for administration, she occupied the highest position as guardian of the merit system of the DFA. From guardian she has become a predator of the merit system. 
Lacanlale followed a familiar path during the Yellow and earlier administrations in the DFA. Senior career officers acquire positions as guardians of the merit system and then in such key positions, undermine the merit system for their own benefit. For this reason, these officials have been rightly termed “bantay salakay managers.” Lacanlale has joined their ranks. Two (other) career ambassadors became senior officials. Upon reaching the age of 65, they had their terms extended, one official three times and the other six times, notwithstanding the provision in the Foreign Service Act that career officers are “xxx automatically and compulsorily retired upon reaching age 65.” When both career officers finally retired, they got presidential medals, most likely on their own recommendations.
Thus, we have two distinctions as a nation: we are the only country in the world (that) accredits lawbreakers as ambassadors and, in addition, confers medals on them after they had broken the law.
This writer had filed the opposition under oath to the nomination of Lacanlale before the Commission on Appointments. However, (contrary to Senate rules) Sen. Lacson did not call this writer when Lacanlale’s nomination came up. 
If Sen. Lacson is reading this article, he should note how much disservice he did to our people and his colleagues in the CA who confirmed the nomination without being able to fully appreciate the intent of Congress when it enacted into law RA7157.”


Who the hell does UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein think he is? He is but a mere UN functionary whose pay is paid partly by the Philippine Government through its contribution to the UN budget.
How dare he say that our President, the head of state of a UN founding member, should see a “shrink” and needs “psychiatric evaluation”?
The bastard who fancies himself as a prince of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is actually so remotely connected to the Jordanian royal family headed by King Abdullah II. 
I do believe our government should lodge a very strong protest with the UN Secretary General against him.
In addition to Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano’s statement, our permanent representatives in Geneva and New York should also be instructed to issue statements in very strong language protesting Zeid’s uncalled for remarks. This is no time for diplomatese. It’s plain to see the shithead doesn’t know what that is.
Pardon my French but, p…… i… n’ya!

A friend asked me, “Why do we get a lecture from every visiting foreign functionary and even treat them like royalty”?
It was a question that I have dealt with before in this space. The question applies more to functionaries from Western countries, particularly the US.
The obvious, kindest actually, answer is that we are nice to visitors, particularly white people and hold them in awe even. I guess that’s because of having been colonized by them for centuries. Like it or not, our people still suffer from colonial mentality (“mental colony,” as described by a comic once.)
The latest incident that triggered my friend’s question was Undersecretary of the US Department of Homeland Security David Glawe being received by Secretary of Justice Vitaliano Aguirre. He should have been received only by his counterpart in the Department of Justice.
No, Glawe didn’t just pay a courtesy call on Aquirre. He lectured the latter on the rule of law that he said should be the “benchmark” in our war on drugs. 
“When we partner with other countries, we also partner in [the implementation of the] rule of law and the humane treatment of people, and that’s the benchmark of the US law enforcement…I understand the challenges [posed by] criminal organizations and narcotics trafficking. It’s very difficult. But the rule of law always has to be in place when enforcing the law,” he said.
That was a direct assault on Digong’s anti-illicit drug campaign which he asserts has always been based on the rule of law. I wonder how Aquirre felt and reacted to that. 
This segment is intended to remind the Duterte administration of some of its yet unfulfilled promises and matters that need attention and/or follow-up action. More importantly, the people are entitled to know what’s being done about them.
1)    Digong’s promise to rid the country of foreign troops. This, of course, necessitates 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. 
Today is the 307th day of the eleventh year of the enforced disappearance of Jonas Burgos, son of the late press icon and founder of this newspaper, Joe Burgos.
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:
“How was your golf game, dear?” asked Jack’s wife.
“Well I was hitting pretty well, but my eyesight’s gotten so bad I couldn’t see where the ball went.”
“Well you’re 75 years old now, Jack, why don’t you take my brother Scott along?” suggested his wife.
“But he’s 85 and doesn’t even play golf anymore,” protested Jack.
“But he’s got perfect eyesight. He could watch your ball,” his wife pointed out.
The next day Jack teed off with Scott looking on. Jack swung, and the ball disappeared down the middle of the fairway. 
“Did you see it?” asked Jack.
“Yup,” Scott answered.
“Well, where is it?” yelled Jack, peering off into the distance.
“I forgot.”
13 March 2018
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