February 20, 2018, 5:58 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02417 Australian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01543 Euro
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01366 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01366 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08656 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89866 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.37548 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14054 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.9364 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14982 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45019 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11447 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.21437 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.80326 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 259.67432 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06787 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.23063 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.68199 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 709.84673 Iran Rial
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.39444 Jamaican Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.03307 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.93774 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30544 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.53257 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.57567 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.24138 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.41552 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00573 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01571 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.12088 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.62069 Lao Kip
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.97165 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.44272 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22308 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 25.42146 Myanmar Kyat
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.68582 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61303 Mauritius Rupee
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.35467 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07454 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22274 Namibian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.14901 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 1.96697 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02593 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00737 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 Panama Balboa
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06025 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11398 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0642 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.68774 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06973 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07198 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.08044 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.10153 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07184 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14875 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25546 Seychelles Rupee
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02511 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01367 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4254 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.16858 Sierra Leone Leone
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1 Philippine Peso = 378.35439 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16762 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.86552 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22276 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59923 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04546 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04238 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07167 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12904 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.55669 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.02682 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51715 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.38697 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54521 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 156.47509 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 477.73945 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 434.75095 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01916 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04802 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.11303 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05172 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.11303 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.81628 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.78831 Yemen Riyal
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.93295 Zimbabwe dollar

Canadian waste

I WATCHED and listened to the entire arrival statement and press conference of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong when he returned from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit held in Vietnam last week.
For 1 hour and 16 minutes, Digong did not utter a single cuss word. And it was not because of the absence of questions asked that usually triggers emotional outbursts from him, particularly those on illegal drugs and interference of other countries in our domestic affairs.
There were brief moments in his responses when he looked like he was about to utter his favorite expletive. But none came.
My humble compliments, Mr. President. It must have taken a lot of conscious effort on your part to resist the powerful urge to cuss during those moments. 

CANADIAN WASTE 
I am glad that environmental advocates led by activist priest Robert Reyes have raised at this time the issue of the Canadian waste dumped in the Philippines several years ago. 
I have written about the matter a couple of times in the past. The last time was when it was brought up during the APEC Summit held here two years ago. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to look into the matter and come up with what he called a “Canadian solution”. 
That was two years ago, mind you, and nothing has happened since.
I think it behooves our officials to raise the matter again with Trudeau. Thereafter, the Department of Foreign Affairs should keep following up the matter with the Canadian Embassy here and our Embassy in Ottawa. 
Given the lack of appropriate action on Canada’s part in the last two years, it is not farfetched that she will continue to sidestep the issue. That being the case, I’d like to reiterate the alternative solution I previously suggested – send back the 100 containers to Canada or dump them in international waters, put the blame on Canada’s inaction and call it the “Canadian solution”.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources reportedly said that the Canadian waste is “strictly prohibited to be exported and is classified as Waste No. Y46 listed in Annex II of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal.”
(NOTE: I hope someone from the Philippine Delegation reads this piece this morning. There may still be time to raise the matter with Trudeau before he leaves.)

NOYNOY’S MAMASAPANO CASE
The mainstream media had a field day writing about Digong agreeing with Senator Antonio Trillanes’ view that the case filed before the Sandiganbayan against ex-President Noynoy Aquino will not prosper.
The impression that one gets from the reports is that the two agree with the Ombudsman’s decision to charge Noynoy with only graft and usurpation of authority.
I do not believe that that is the case. I think Digong agrees with Trillanes only insofar as the weakness of the charge is concerned. Both agree that a President has the inherent authority to issue orders to the Armed Forces and the PNP. Therefore, there could not have been a usurpation of authority.
I think Digong’s position is that it was the wrong charge. He is worried Noynoy will be acquitted and altogether escape responsibility for the Mamasapano Massacre of the SAF 44.
In contrast, Trillanes’ position is confined merely to the weakness of the charge and gives the impression he would be happy if Noynoy were acquitted.
Another NoynoYellow supporter, Senator Joel Villanueva who is not a lawyer, said the charges against Noynoy are “legally inappropriate”. 
Does he mean the Ombudsman made a mistake? If so, he’s right. They were the wrong charges in that they obviously are meant to make Noynoy get off the hook. 
In this regard, it will be recalled that the Senate hearings conducted on the Massacre by the Senate committee chaired by Senator Grace Poe and the probe conducted by the PNP panel headed by retired General Benjamin Magalong both concluded that Noynoy was responsible for the tragedy. 
***
Noynoy-appointed Ombudsman, Conchita Carpio Morales, decided to file the lesser charges of graft and usurpation of official function against her benefactor in the Sandiganbayan in an obvious attempt to shield Noynoy from a harsher verdict.
“We say again that the said charges are designed to fail—in order to inoculate President Aquino against the graver charge of mass homicide which could possibly put him behind bars for the rest of his life,” said Ferdinand Topacio, legal counsel of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC).
The VACC wants reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide as one of the possible charges against Aquino for the deaths of the SAF44. 

PDAF AND DAP
The Department of Justice has started its reinvestigation on the multibillion-peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).
I think the DOJ should include in its investigation the alleged bribe given to all the incumbent senators, except three, at the time of the impeachment trial of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona. The bribe money was sourced from the illegally declared Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) concocted by Noynoy and his erstwhile budget secretary Florencio Abad.
According to reports, Senator Franklin Drilon allegedly received the biggest amount (P100 million) followed by Senator Chiz Escudero (P99 million). The rest received P50 million each. Some congressmen also allegedly received varying amounts sourced from the DAP for voting to impeach Corona.
The alleged bribe recipients should all be made to account for the money they got. Otherwise, they should be charged in accordance with the law. 
Naturally, the bribe giver should also be held accountable for the illegal act.
***
Today is the 194th 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.
***
From an internet friend:
Two guys are out hiking. All of a sudden, a bear starts chasing them. 
They climb a tree, but the bear starts climbing up the tree after them. The first guy gets his sneakers out of his knapsack and starts putting them on. 
The second guy says, “What are you doing?” 
He says, “I figure when the bear gets close to us, we’ll jump down and make a run for it.” 
The second guy says, “Are you crazy? You can’t outrun a bear.” 
The first guy says, “I don’t have to outrun the bear. I only have to outrun you.” 
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14 November 2017
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