November 18, 2017, 12:29 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07227 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.22452 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03503 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34355 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02607 Australian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0149 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01491 British Pound
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.92483 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 177.2137 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14447 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.05313 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15372 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46232 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12613 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.21291 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.19481 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 266.09603 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06915 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27847 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.9634 Iraqi Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.37473 Mexican Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.27564 Namibian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.60232 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16201 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03758 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02897 New Zealand Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06374 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
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1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07261 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07062 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.06651 Paraguayan Guarani
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1 Philippine Peso = 1.16854 Russian Rouble
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07379 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15368 Solomon Islands Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02669 Singapore Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 10.99961 Somali Shilling
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.17218 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.13341 Syrian Pound
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.64542 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04872 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04538 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07647 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13045 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59144 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.97875 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52076 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.36954 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01968 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57989 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 158.20543 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19628 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 446.89099 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.12515 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05043 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.9329 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05313 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.93861 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.9754 Pacific Franc
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.27568 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 102.11531 Zambian Kwacha
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‘Pragmatic relationship’

THE Chinese state media called it the likely beginning of a “pragmatic relationship”.

Following are excerpts of a Reuters report on the summit meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump in Florida last week:

“State-run Chinese tabloid Global Times said the meeting ‘served as an indicator that the China-US relationship is still very much on course since the Trump administration took office in January’, and it was likely the two nations would develop a more ‘pragmatic relationship’.

“It seems that both countries have understood the importance of how essential a smooth transition needs to be, and not just for the two countries involved here, but really for the entire world over.”

Reuters also reported that “in the talks, Trump pressed Xi to do more to curb North Korea’s nuclear program and the two agreed to a 100-day plan for trade talks aimed at boosting US exports and reducing the gaping US trade deficit with Beijing”.

It would appear the two sides chose to keep their two-day meeting as limited in scope as possible by not dwelling on other issues like the Syrian crisis and the South China Sea (SCS) territorial disputes.

Ergo, it looks like we have to wait another day to find out how Xi and Trump will deal with the conflicting territorial claims in the SCS.

RUSSIA-US TIES

The expected personal rapport between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump that was supposed to spark better relations between their countries may not come to pass after all.

During his run for the presidency, Trump waxed confident about being able to work closely with Putin who expressed the same sentiment. There were even reports that Russia engaged in activities that supposedly helped Trump win the election.

However, after the US rained some cruise missiles on the Shayrat military air base inside Syria that reportedly killed some 86 people including civilians and children, those relations may become shaky once again. 

The US bombing was in retaliation for a poison gas attack allegedly perpetrated by the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad that killed at least 70 people in Syrian rebel-held territory.

Russia is allied to the Assad government in the latter’s fight against the Syrian rebels. The US, on the other hand, supports the rebels who want Assad out. Both, however, are against the Islamic State.

The Shayrat air base is home to Russian special forces and military helicopters. There were no reports of Russian casualties because the US reportedly gave advance notice to the Kremlin of the attacks.

Russia warned of “extremely serious” consequences on account of the US missile attack.

“We strongly condemn the illegitimate actions by the US. The consequences of this for regional and international stability could be extremely serious,” Russia’s deputy UN envoy, Vladimir Safronkov, told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

At the same time, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that the US missile attack was one step away from clashing with Russia’s military.

It would be most unfortunate if this incident resulted to a further deterioration, instead of the anticipated improvement, of Russia-US relations with the election of Trump.

THE CHURCH AND DIGONG

In a rather surprising development, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that Catholic bishops are now ready to explore ways of collaborating with the Duterte administration in battling the drug menace.

This is indeed a most welcome development. The bishops have hitherto been critical of the war against illegal drugs being waged by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella noted Socrates’ statement that the Catholic Church “is not against the President” and that “it is not the business of the Church to be leading political upheavals”.

 “We thus look forward to their help in treating drug dependents and restoring their mental, spiritual, and psycho-emotional health,” Abella said.

INQUIRER AND ABS-CBN

I may have missed it but I have not come across any reaction from the owners of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the ABS-CBN to Digong’s serious accusations against them. 

I find that rather curious.

According to Digong, the owner of the Inquirer who also owns the popular Dunkin’ Donuts chain, was allegedly involved in tax irregularity.

“Inquirer ang may-ari ng Dunkin’ Donuts, alam mo ba iyan? At may utang iyan silang taxes. Inayos ni Kim Henares (former BIR head), walang binayad. Kung may binayad, kaunti lang,” he said.

The Inquirer owner reportedly owed the government P1.56 billion in taxes.

On the other hand, Digong accused ABS-CBN of not airing a TV campaign ad during the last presidential election which was paid for.

“Alam mo iyang p… i… ABS-CBN na iyan, tinanggap nila ang pera ko, they never showed… and hanggang ngayon, wala man lang offer to reimburse or to return the money,” he said.

Earlier, Digong accused the Inquirer and ABS-CBN of unfair and biased reportage on his administration. Both denied the accusation.

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Today is the 351st day of the tenth year of Jonas Burgos’ enforced disappearance.

The family and friends of Jonas hope that the Duterte administration will not be part of the continuing cover-up. The Burgos family implores Digong to haul the perpetrators to justice and bring Jonas back home even with the appointment of Gen. Eduardo Ano as AFP chief who was implicated in the abduction of Jonas almost ten years ago.

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From an internet friend:

Pregnancy and Women: 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is enough.

Q: I’m two months pregnant now, when will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes college.

Q: What is the most reliable method to determine baby’s sex?
A: Childbirth.

Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she’s borderline irrational.
A: So what’s your question?

Q: My childbirth instructor says it’s not pain I’ll feel during labor, but pressure. Is she right?
A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current. 

Q: Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labor?
A: Not unless the word ‘alimony’ means anything to you.

Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
A: Yes, pregnancy.

Q: Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby’s diaper very quickly.

Q: Our baby was born last week. When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again?
A: When the kids are in college.

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