May 26, 2018, 7:41 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 171.23835 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13955 Guatemala Quetzal
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.14924 Hong Kong Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 108.10348 Paraguayan Guarani
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1 Philippine Peso = 1494.25528 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 433.30797 Vietnam Dong
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Disloyalty

GUESS whose tweets are the following which were published in the social news and blog site Politiko and posted on Facebook:
1) “We will hold the line, stand our ground, dig in our heels, push back as far as we can as duty demands, and fight to the finish. Sure, more likely our finish but down shall we go with the honor of which they are bereft. How to say.” (Suggested statement for Maria Ressa of Rappler on the closure of online news site Rappler.com)
2) “You will get more favorable publicity by this idiot decision (referring to the SEC decision cancelling Rappler’s corporate license) than any story you can write. Next accusation: you bribed SEC to rule against you. All the best.”
Sounds like they are from a rabid oppositionist or worse, a Yellowtard, right?
Wrong!
They are tweets to Rappler head Ressa from our Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Teodoro Locsin, Jr., an appointee of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong.
Locsin also retweeted one Mike Forsythe, thus:
“Listen up, Filipinos following the news now on Rappler’s loss of corporate status, this is real suppression of press freedom. Kidnapping.” 
Wow, them are strong words against the Duterte administration!
I asked a number of DFA insiders what they think of Locsin’s tweets. The replies I got were they “can’t figure him out”, “don’t know where he’s coming from” and “he must have backer/s in Malacañang that let him get away with his tweets”. 
Or maybe the backer/s are not aware of his tweets? But that is not likely.
So, how come there has been no reaction whatsoever from Malacañang to Locsin’s tweets? That’s strange given the very strong sentiments expressed by Digong against Rappler for unfair and biased reporting and purveying fake news. The chief executive was also accused of being behind the SEC decision and stifling press freedom which his spokesman has categorically denied.
This is not the first time Locsin has taken a view on a matter contrary to Digong’s.
Recently, he criticized and directly contradicted Digong’s position on the phaseout of jeepneys. He said “jeepneys are the king of the Philippine roads and should remain that way” and that “luxury cars should be banned instead and that the iconic vehicles’ engine should just be upgraded to Benz”.
Incidentally, Locsin also tweeted: “The more interesting question is how this affects PLDT and the huge Indonesian presumably non-voting investment therein. Could be just foreplay to let in the Chinese telecom as 2nd not 3rd player.”
Is this a dig at Digong’s earlier statement that he would like to see China as the 3rd telco player in the country?
Without a doubt, Locsin is an anomaly within the Duterte administration.
Digong has fired several officials for “merely” travelling too much. To many, Locsin’s indiscretion is far more serious than that. It smacks of disloyalty to the President and his policies.
It takes years to get the hang of UN work. Locsin should just concentrate on doing that instead of embroiling himself with issues at home and expressing views contrary to those of his President or the government. He should never forget that his is a very important job – representing his country in the community of nations and faithfully presenting his government’s views and policies on national and world affairs and, if necessary, defending them. 
If he can’t do that, he should just resign out of delicadeza, that is, if Digong has indeed compelling reasons not to fire him. 

INDONESIAN LAW ON INTERNET USE 

Those bleeding hearts who complain of curtailment of press freedom in the country should have a look at our friend and neighbor, Indonesia. 
Recently, an Indonesian teen was jailed for eighteen months for “insulting” President Widodo Jokowi by making defamatory and slanderous comments on Facbook.
Earlier, a local politician was sentenced to one year in jail for a post on Facebook considered to be insulting to Islam and “inciting hatred”.
Can anyone imagine how many in the Philippines would go to jail and for much longer periods if we had such a draconian law on the use of the internet, given the number of inflammatory messages and insults against Digong that one reads online everyday?
Boy, we are lucky!
***
REMINDERS 
This segment is intended to remind the administration of some of its yet unfulfilled promises and matters that need attention and/or follow-up action.
1) Digong’s promise to rid the country of foreign troops. This, of course, necessitates re-visiting the lopsided VFA and the EDCA with the US.
2) Reciprocal visa arrangements with the US and other countries.
3) The retrieval of the Balangiga bells.
4) The return of the Canadian waste.
5) The immediate implementation of the FOI.
***
Today is the 257thday 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:
Some quotes from Mark Twain, American novelist, lecturer and philosopher:
1. Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
2. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
3. Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it’s time to reform.
4. Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
5. I have never taken exercise, except sleeping and resting.
6. Go to heaven for the climate, hell for the company.
7. Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.
8. Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to a prayer.
9. I have a higher standard of principle than George Washington. He could not lie. I can, but I won’t.
10. I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man challenged me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him.
11. All you need in life is ignorance and confidence, then success is sure.
12. Part of the secret success of life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.
***
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