June 18, 2018, 7:29 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.8783 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 168.7418 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13756 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.86799 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14715 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44823 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11904 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.22745 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.20533 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 261.11007 Indonesian Rupiah
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1 Philippine Peso = 16.87605 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.66229 Korean Won
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.03846 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02698 New Zealand Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 9.65648 Syrian Pound
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.61204 Thai Baht
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.56497 Taiwan Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.78605 Zimbabwe dollar

Butt out!

THE fiery, feisty and combative President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong, when it comes to talking about the US treatment of the Philippines, both in the past and at present, suddenly became the “humble” friend in Southeast Asia of the US when he met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Quite expectedly, the US worshipers in our midst, including some who have been appointed by Digong to important government positions, wittingly or unwittingly, gleefully praised his statement as a sign he is a BFF (Best Friend Forever) of the US come hell or high water, right or wrong, so to speak.
How naïve of these people to think that way. Digong is smarter and has more depth than they take him for. At least, that’s what I think… for now.

US DRUG PROBLEM

Buried under the headlines created by US President Donald Trump’s ranting about “fire and fury” threat against North Korea and that the US is “locked and loaded” as the former readies its missiles, is Trump’s statement about the “opioid epidemic” in the US. Opioid is an opiumlike compound.
“The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency. It’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had,” Trump said. 
According to a CNN report, from 2000 to 2015, more than 500,000 people died in the US of drug overdoses and opioids account for the majority of those. 
No wonder Trump once told Digong he understands the latter’s war against illicit drugs.

SENATOR LACSON

My God, I hate drugs!... My God, I hate corruption!… There will be no corruption in my administration… I will not tolerate even a “whiff” of corruption.” – Digong
These words, in all probability, were in the mind of Senator Panfilo Lacson when he asked Digong, “Aren’t you mad at the Bureau of Customs?”
 “Aren’t you mad at the BOC, Mr. President? That’s 605 kilograms (estimated P6.4 billion worth) of high grade meth that slipped out of the Customs zone under their noses,” Lacson said.
Lacson must have also been provoked to ask the question after Digong said BOC chief Nicanor Faeldon retains his confidence and will not fire him.
One thing that impresses me most about Digong is his keen sense of command responsibility. Recall, for instance, his oft-repeated statements about taking responsibility for the actions, legal that is, of his soldiers and policemen.
Shouldn’t Faeldon follow his leader’s example and simply resign? Out of delicadeza, if nothing else? And what about hiring several athletes for P50,000 a month with no terms of reference at all? Doesn’t that constitute a violation of something in the law books?

SENATOR GORDON

Senator Richard Gordon, on the other hand, urged the government to “pressure” China to crack down on syndicates that export narcotics to the country.
“We should pressure them. If you are really our friend, you should block smuggled drugs from your end. We should talk about the huge bulk of drugs entering our country,” he said.
To be fair, it is reported that Chinese intelligence did tip our authorities about the drug shipment.
According to ABS-CBN News, Gordon, chair of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee, asked the DFA last year to send a note verbale to Beijing after a Senate inquiry established that Chinese syndicates are behind two-thirds of the smuggled drug supply in the Philippines.
The DFA should make a follow-up on the matter.

FOREIGN SECRETARY CAYETANO

He said it again, this time in unmistakable terms. 
Foreign Secretary Cayetano said no country had the right to tell the Philippines what to do with her territorial dispute with China.
He made the statement after Australia, Japan and the US jointly urged the Philippines and China to abide by the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) that invalidated Beijing’s nine-dash-line claim to the South China Sea. 
Incidentally, the PCA is NOT a United Nations agency as it is often erroneously referred to, but merely an official UN Observer.
Cayetano said:
“We expect nations not to tell us what to do. They have their own foreign policy and interests. Japan, Australia, and the US are our friends. The US is our treaty ally. But we told countries around the world we are sovereign. We’ll decide what is good for us, we will decide what strategies are good for us because we are a sovereign nation. We respect their views but the… territorial dispute is between China and the Philippines. We are not pro-China, pro-US, pro-Japan, pro-whatever. We are pro-Philippines and pro-Asean because we were good friends with China, good friends with Japan, and good friends with the US and we appreciate not to be told what to do.”
(Essentially what I have been saying and writing in this space for years!)
So there… Bravo, Mr. Secretary.

RUSSIA-PH RELATIONS

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Foreign Secretary Cayetano “agreed to fast track negotiations for pending bilateral agreements, particularly on military-technical cooperation, illegal narcotics, and law enforcement.” 
Cayetano thanked Lavrov for the Russian offer to send a cargo aircraft carrying relief assistance for displaced families in Marawi City. 
The two also reportedly discussed trade and investment, education and research and other areas of cooperation that their countries could explore. 
I guess it is now up to the agencies concerned to follow through on the matters discussed by the two ministers.

CASE VS. PRIETOS

Digong has been threatening to file charges against the Inquirer’s Prietos. 
This time, he said he will file a case of economic sabotage for their refusal to turn over to the government the Mile Long property in Makati.
“It is economic sabotage, iyon ang i-file ko (that I will file), no bail. Kita mo ‘yan sila diyan, kulong ‘yan (You will see, they will be jailed),” Digong said in a media briefing last week.
It has been a while, since Digong said he would file appropriate charges against the Prietos. I’m sorry to say, but I won’t believe it until I see it, or some kind of settlement is reached on the case. 
And what about the case he was supposed to file against ABS-CBN?
*** 
Today is the 109th day of the eleventh year of the enforced disappearance of Jonas Burgos, son of the late press icon and founder of this newspaper.

The family and friends of Jonas hope that the Duterte administration will exert serious efforts to find and haul the perpetrators of Jonas’ disappearance to justice.
*** 
From an internet friend:
Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House in DC. 
One from New Jersey, another from Tennessee and the third, Florida. They go with a White House official to examine the fence. 
The Florida contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. “Well,” he says, “I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me.” 
The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me.” 
The New Jersey contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, “$2,700.” 
The official, incredulous, says, “You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?” 
The New Jersey contractor whispers back, “$1,000 for me, $1,000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence.” 
“Done!” replies the government official.
*** 
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