January 23, 2018, 2:11 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07248 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.15117 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03513 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37432 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02466 Australian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06307 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01974 Bahamian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 395.1056 Belarus Ruble
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02465 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01899 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.98717 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12629 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 56.09039 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.14821 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01974 Cuban Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 3.49517 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12017 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94356 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.24754 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25256 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34873 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.537 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01614 Euro
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01423 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01424 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08955 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95481 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 177.50149 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14478 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.06335 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15424 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4645 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11993 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.2536 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.98796 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 262.6801 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06734 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.2595 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.36688 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 722.49855 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02684 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.44306 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01395 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.18305 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02388 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.36803 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.05665 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.11131 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.76199 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.05013 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00592 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01618 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.40616 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 163.40439 Lao Kip
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1 Philippine Peso = 3.03631 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.51372 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24018 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01225 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02645 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1822 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33221 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.99072 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.54431 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 47.6416 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15887 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.94691 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64535 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3059 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.08092 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.36718 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07768 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24178 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.06532 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6045 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15516 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01397 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02711 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00759 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01974 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06337 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06241 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.17782 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06737 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 110.75588 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07183 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07523 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.11021 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.49398 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07401 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15294 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26317 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13811 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15903 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02605 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01423 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43825 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 150.5822 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.09138 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 395.67793 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17269 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.16341 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24082 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.62838 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04813 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04392 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07512 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1331 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57902 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.22736 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56937 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.46241 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01974 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56325 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 160.3513 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19686 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 447.97712 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03691 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0496 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.5818 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05329 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.49813 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92441 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.9329 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24034 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 102.41761 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.14229 Zimbabwe dollar

Alternate realities

THOSE who were following President Duterte’s speech (for lack of a better term to describe his long and frequent rants, laced with his favored invectives) at the 120th anniversary of the Department of Justice must’ve done a double take when they read that Mr. Duterte was lambasting Gabby Concepcion, the owner of ABS-CBN. Yes, you read that right. Mr. Concepcion was referenced at least twice by the President as the owner of media giant ABS-CBN, over the continuing saga about money paid for TV advertisements from the campaign that were supposedly unreturned by the network. 

On the other side of the world, US President Donald Trump told those in the audience at Fort Myers, Florida that First Lady Melania Trump “really wanted to be with us.” Trump was speaking about his administration’s recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Those remarks conveying the First Lady’s sentiment wishing she could be present seemed par for the course, if you ignore the fact that Melania was standing right next to him as he uttered those words. Both instances were certainly head scratch inducing, and quite puzzling for those who read the news. 

Their fanatics will surely do their best to brush off these instances and chalk it up to common human error. After all, no one is perfect, and presidents are human as we all are. What is telling about these kinds of mistakes is that it gives the impression that the person making them is not as grounded in reality as everyone, and an impression like that is certainly bothersome when made by the person entrusted with leading an entire country. Worse, no one in the President’s army of staffers bothered to quietly inform their principal of his mistake in an effort to save him from a little embarrassment. 

In any case, the mistake did not stop Mr. Duterte from proceeding with his tirade. As someone who gets to follow the news on a regular basis, Mr. Duterte’s capacity for launching tirade after tirade against a usual band of suspects is astounding. It seems that the man draws strength from confrontation, and actually thrives on it. Very few of his speeches talk about government policy, if you notice. If he isn’t regaling his audience about his crusade against illegal drugs, he latches on to whomever has displeased him, whether by word or deed.

Many, of course, are fearful of being in Duterte’s way, and such fear is understandable. There are a handful of those who continue to stand against Mr. Duterte, among them, Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV. Some critics could shrug those off as mere politics, but it cannot be denied that this seeming collision course with the Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales has the President rattled, and in a big way. It seems the Palace panicked enough to issue a not-so-veiled threat against the Ombudsman when Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Sal Panelo warned of dire consequences should the Ombudsman reveal the details of the bank transaction reports from the Anti-Money Laundering Council.

And thus the call for Mr. Duterte to sign a bank secrecy waiver to settle, once and for all, the issue of this supposed hidden wealth. The Palace has remained quiet on the issue, a stark contrast to candidate Duterte’s position on waivers during the 2016 presidential campaign. He and his running mate, now Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, made a big splash when they signed twin waivers and called for the lifting of the bank secrecy law for public officials. The stunt was directed against former Vice President Jojo Binay, who had faced allegations of amassing wealth in connection with anomalous government transactions. The two had urged their fellow candidates to follow their example, with Duterte saying that he signed the waiver “so the people will know how much is our worth, if we have bank secrets, deposits.”

What a difference more than a year makes, dear millenial and fillenial. Cayetano even said back then that “this document will be sent to other candidates and if they sign, whoever wins in 2016, you can be assured that the Ombudsman and DOJ will have a weapon.” I wonder what Secretary Cayetano makes of these calls now?

In any case, I wouldn’t hold my breath about Mr. Duterte signing a new waiver anytime soon, given his inclination to say “I was kidding” or a similar excuse whenever anyone takes him up on whatever challenge he issues. And he doesn’t seem to mind these regular flip-flops, because keeping your word doesn’t seem to be as important in alternate realities. Same goes for his new challenge to Ombudsman Morales and Chief Justice Sereno about resigning at the same time. I know of some who view this as an opportunity and have said as much on social media, appealing to both women to accept the challenge, for the good of the country. People have actually asked me if this is a viable option. My answer? In alternate realities, pigs do fly and sprout wings.

Don’t fall for it, folks. It’s just another distraction from the true state of this country, so we forget what can lie ahead and instead just keep looking at what is pushed to our faces.
 
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