July 22, 2018, 2:07 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.88982 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 168.66816 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14005 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.88103 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1468 Hong Kong Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 269.36027 Indonesian Rupiah
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.11107 Japanese Yen
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1 Philippine Peso = 21.15413 Korean Won
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.4508 Kazakhstan Tenge
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.04293 Nepalese Rupee
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1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 393.68313 Sao Tome Dobra
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1 Philippine Peso = 9.633 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24845 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.62252 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04952 Tunisian Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.08966 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12587 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57159 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.49906 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49158 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.56977 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58277 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 145.09914 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 2239.05724 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 431.12608 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04265 Vanuatu Vatu
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1 Philippine Peso = 10.52881 CFA Franc (BEAC)
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‘Year Two’

SOMETIME back in May, presidential spokesman and Grimace understudy Harry Roque, Jr. told the Malacañang Press Corps that for July 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (“SONA”) would be shorter, and would speak to the Filipino people of issues close to Duterte’s heart.

Quoting Roque: “Talagang iyong SONA will be the President talking to the people and reporting to the people on matters na malapit sa puso po ng ating Presidente. May bagong format at ang mangyayari, iyong SONA really, malilimitahan siya doon sa mga gusto talagang sabihin ng Presidente sa taongbayan. Iyong mga achievement, siguro may mga ibang pagkakataon nang iisa-isahin iyan.”

In other words, this year’s SONA will be the same hours of meandering, aimless, meaningless, pointless Duterte ramblings. Again.

But to be fair, President Duterte can’t possibly cover all of his achievements within the past year in just two hours’ worth of a SONA, given the lists upon lists of his greate—

I’m just kidding, of course he can’t state his achievements during his SONA, because he doesn’t have any.

To be clear: Duterte has accomplished many things. I’m just not certain that Duterte is willing to prop those up as positive “achievements.” 

For example, over 23,000 Filipinos have been murdered in Duterte’s alleged “war on drugs.” On top of that, as of December 2017, over 50 of those killed were minors. Would Duterte classify this as an “achievement” worthy of recognition?

The rate of inflation continues to rise amid a continually weakening peso, higher global oil prices, and the aftermath of the TRAIN law. Prices of basic goods and services are steadily rising. Does Duterte think of this as “winning” for the Filipino people?

Duterte’s flagship program, “Build, Build, Build” (“BBB”) is really just an across-the-board continuation of existing and pipelined projects from previous administrations (except, apparently, the P140M flood control project in Pampanga—collapsed days before its scheduled completion date). Which, let’s be clear, is good policy. And yet claiming the work of other people as your own is, well, very much dishonest. Just ask Senator Tito Sotto, he knows what’s up. Does Duterte believe that overt credit-grabbing is an “achievement” to brag about?

Perhaps the most significant and impactful BBB project is the set of artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea. Yes, it was built by China without our express permission, and we even had an arbitral case about it—which we won!—but think of it this way: China built it under a hybrid Build-Operate-Transfer scheme, where China builds its installations, operates it, then after a set number of years the Philippines transfers ownership of the territory to China, in exchange for absolutely nothing. Everybody wins—if by “everybody” we mean, “People’s Republic of China.” I’m sure Duterte is just raring to announce this “achievement” to his constituents.

All of these aside, the biggest accomplishment of President Duterte is how he has managed to convince the Filipino people that his ways—the ways of corruption, violence, division, exclusion, paranoia—are the ways of the Filipino. I mean, look at all the wonderfully devout religious, who go to Church every weekend, coming out smelling like roses and sunshine, and then proceed to cheer on blatant state-sponsored murder. Look at how docile the response is to the constant reappointment of allegedly “corrupt” public officials. Look at how virtually no one reacted to the latest “misencounter” between the PNP and AFP in Samar—a far cry from the virulent mouth-frothing following Mamasapano. Look at how people responded with normalcy after Tanauan Mayor Halili was assassinated in broad daylight in front of City Hall employees during the flag ceremony.

Heck, look at how people are justifying an impromptu No-Holds-Barred Falls-Count-Anywhere beatdown during a FIBA basketball game involving Gilas Pilipinas. It’s ridiculous, but here we are.

This is the true accomplishment of Duterte in his two years of office. This is the true state of the nation. The acceptance of corruption, of violence, of “us-versus-them” divisions—this is who we Filipinos are today.
Whether we stay that way, well, that’s up to us.

But hey, if even after all the reflection and introspection, flying chairs in basketball games will still be your thing, I won’t judge.
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