December 14, 2017, 4:32 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07286 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.2371 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03532 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34185 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02619 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03532 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03968 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.64127 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0329 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00748 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.73174 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0268 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13611 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06556 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27679 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20509 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 397.22221 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03964 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02545 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01965 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 13.01091 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13129 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 59.76786 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.15079 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.85774 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43159 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.50853 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12539 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95833 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.2829 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26354 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35337 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53936 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01684 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04169 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01486 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01487 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08926 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93552 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 178.63095 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14558 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.02202 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1549 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46552 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12694 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24167 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.29563 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.1865 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07009 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27806 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.49306 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 705.13886 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06944 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.47282 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01405 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.25091 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04067 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.38333 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.98016 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.15476 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.85714 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.5879 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00599 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01627 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.64028 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 164.68253 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.98016 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.0371 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.48373 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26984 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06049 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01231 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02708 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18758 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34038 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.03175 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.00397 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.25754 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15954 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.97619 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.67083 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30893 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.20853 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37825 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08082 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26978 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.06349 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60937 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16524 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0454 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02854 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00763 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06416 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06375 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.16171 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07086 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.49603 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07223 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07805 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.16704 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.57698 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0744 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15376 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26488 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13228 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16689 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02681 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01487 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4406 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 151.38888 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.05159 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 412.7976 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17361 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.21786 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26978 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64663 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0499 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04555 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07593 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13154 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59567 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.30555 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53914 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.66666 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57401 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 160.53571 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19792 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 450.57538 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11786 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05142 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 11.04186 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05357 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 11.51528 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99881 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.95933 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26986 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 102.96627 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.18056 Zimbabwe dollar

UN resolution on Myanmar

THE Philippines voted against a draft UN General Assembly resolution calling on Myanmar to end military operations against the Rohingya Muslims. It also calls for “full and unhindered humanitarian aid access and for Myanmar to grant full citizenship rights to the Rohingya”. 
The draft resolution will be debated in a plenary meeting of the General Assembly next month for a final decision. 
However, our Permanent Representat77ive to the UN in New York, Teodoro Locsin, Jr., said the Philippines should have abstained instead. He said he was in Manila for the Asean
 Summit when the voting took place in the Third Committee. 
His staff hadn’t briefed him on what was happening in the Third Committee before he left New York? Did he make his recommendation for abstention to the Home Office or instruct his deputy to do so at the appropriate time, but was overruled? No matter. That’s water under the bridge.
 “It will be different when it goes to plenary. I will push for abstention. It is the right thing…,” Locsin said.
Now, that’s a different story. 
Leaving aside the pros and the cons of a “no” vote or an “abstention”, it is my considered view that changing our vote 
in plenary to “abstention” may not be the “right thing” to do – that is, if the Department supports Locsin.
First off, it will definitely give the impression that there is dissension in the ranks and that our left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. That won’t be good for obvious reasons.
More importantly, it will make others wonder where the Duterte administration actually stands on UN interference in the domestic affairs of member states which is prohibited by the UN Charter.

THE FOREIGN
SERVICE ACT 

Can a president override provisions of a Republic Act passed by Congress?
I ask this because of the recent appointment of former presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella as an undersecretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Section 6 of Republic Act 7157, known as the Philippine Foreign Service Act of 1991 states:
 “SEC. 6. Undersecretaries.—Upon recommendation of the Secretary, the President shall appoint three (3) undersecretaries to advise and assist the Secretary in the formulation and implementation of the Department objectives and policies, and to coordinate and oversee the operational activities of the Department of Foreign Affairs.” 
Abella is now the sixth undersecretary in the Department! 
Does the above provision mean that the Secretary can recommend the appointment of more than three undersecretaries? If so, did Secretary Alan Cayetano do so?

DOTr USEC CHAVEZ 

Department of Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez irrevocably resigned over the recurring MRT glitches.
In his resignation letter, Chavez said “simple sense of delicadeza” gave him no choice but to resign.
 “I hope the President understands that in the light of recent events involving the MRT3 System, simple sense of delicadeza which I have adhered to throughout my professional life gives me no choice but to resign from my said position,” he said.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said he was “surprised” at Chavez’ resignation. 
Was he surprised at Chavez’s sense of delicadeza too?

ROQUE’S MRT RIDE

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said his ride in the MRT and LRT was “not that bad”. 
Natcherly, he took the ride not during rush hour; he didn’t have to queue up; but above all, there were no glitches like decoupling of the train, air-conditioning breakdown, sudden opening of doors, broken rail, sudden loss of power, etc., etc., etc. 
Some comments of commuters:
 “Nakakaabala”; “daming security at alalay”; “may hatak pang media”; “trabaho ba ng spokesman ‘yan?”; “stunt in aid of election?”; “naranasan kaya ni Mr. Roque ang makipagtulakan, mahipuan, o kaya e makaramdam ng takot tulad ng nararamdaman ng ordinaryong commuters tuwing sasakay ng tren? Kung hindi, his MRT experience is sooo kulang. Balik!! Dapat rush hour ha! 
At the end of his ride, Roque was quoted as saying that what was needed was “more MRT coaches and good maintenance service providers.” 
Huh?! Obvious ba? Everybody knows that!!!

NEW SENATE OFFICE 

Fourteen (14) senators voted to build a “world class” and “iconic” new home in Taguig City by 2020, according to Senator Panfilo Lacson, chair of the Senate accounts committee.
Are the honorable senators who voted for the resolution so uncomfortable in their present offices that they feel the need to move? 
I think their sense of timing sucks! 
For starters, P90 billion is needed for the rehabilitation of Marawi city and its inhabitants. That alone, surely, requires greater priority over the Senate’s move, considering the government’s meager resources.
If at all a new government building has to be constructed, it should be that “ghost-infested” presidential palace (?) by the stinking Pasig River. 
The official residence of the head of state or government, aside from the national emblem, is a national symbol of a country. It is, therefore, fitting and proper that it is one that the Filipino people could be proud of. 
Needless to say, any incumbent resident should be one too!

MAGUINDANAO
MASSACRE

Eight long years and nothing has happened so far in the trial of those accused of perpetrating one of the worst crimes in recent memory – the Maguindanao Massacre of 58 people, 32 of them journalists.
And if the proposal of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for the abolition of the Court of Appeals does not prosper, will the crow turn white before those guilty are made to pay for their grievous sin?
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong has vowed to help the victims’ relatives for an early conviction of the guilty ones.
Let’s watch what happens.

KIDS IN THE SENATE

Kids “took over” the Senate in celebration of World Children’s Day 2017 last week.
For an hour, they expressed their concerns and called on legislators and policymakers to attend to the issues directly affecting them.
I wouldn’t have minded at all if they took over the Senate permanently. Not one of them, I’m sure, has any insidious agenda.
*** 
Today is the 208th 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.
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From an internet friend:
A 72-year old man had one hobby - he loved to fish. 
He was sitting in his boat the other day when he heard a voice say, “Pick me up.” 
He looked around and couldn’t see anyone. He thought he was dreaming when he heard the voice say again, “Pick me up.” 
He looked in the water and there, floating on the top, was a frog. The man said, “Are you talking to me?” 
The frog said, “Yes, I’m talking to you. Pick me up, then kiss me and I’ll turn into the most beautiful woman you have ever seen. I’ll make sure that all your friends are envious and jealous, because I will be your bride!” 
The man looked at the frog for a short time, reached over, picked it up carefully and placed it in his shirt pocket. 
The frog said, “What, are you, nuts? Didn’t you hear what I said?” I said, “Kiss me and I will be your beautiful bride.” 
He opened his pocket, looked at the frog and said, “Nah. At my age, I’d rather have a talking frog.”
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