June 24, 2018, 4:34 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06901 UAE Dirham
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.08979 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.87956 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 169.07178 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14072 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.87599 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14741 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44878 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11882 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24803 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.23224 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 264.43067 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06764 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27568 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.24728 Iraqi Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.45509 Jamaican Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.06417 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.89121 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28183 Kyrgyzstan Som
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1 Philippine Peso = 16.91094 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.86622 Korean Won
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.38595 Kazakhstan Tenge
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.67042 Mauritania Ougulya
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.25239 Namibian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02719 New Zealand Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.28222 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06966 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.55769 Paraguayan Guarani
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07509 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18236 Russian Rouble
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02551 Singapore Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 149.94363 Sierra Leone Leone
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1 Philippine Peso = 394.98309 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16441 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.67644 Syrian Pound
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.61856 Thai Baht
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.08786 Turkish Lira
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.56924 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.63435 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49267 Ukraine Hryvnia
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59451 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 147.50094 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1499.4363 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 430.10147 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07159 Vanuatu Vatu
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1 Philippine Peso = 10.56614 CFA Franc (BEAC)
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Divorce – a need

THOSE pathetic children in these dysfunctional homes hide under blankets and under stairs, shaking in fear, hearing mother and father throw hatred and items at each other. Children in these dysfunctional marriages grow up with their mother and father not speaking with each other, hurting each other physically, emotionally; wishing each other dead. Deprived of a legal way to get out of a sick marriage, Filipinos (mostly wives) prefer the heartache of separation from their children, leave as OFWs to get away from an ill-treating spouse. Too many OFWs leave, not for dollars, but to escape ill-treatment from a hated spouse. President Duterte, please know that a divorce law will help stop runaway OFWs. 

Too many Catholics in the Philippines are so docile to their church that the church has gotten away with denying Filipinos the right to divorce; to end a dangerously dysfunctional marriage. A divorce as defined in this bill replaces one dysfunctional miserably unhappy home where violence and parricide are likely.

Politicians of the Philippines are frightened of what their churches’ claims to be a “block-vote” of the religions. Politicians avoid the divorce issue for fear of not being elected in this block-vote. In fact, religions’ claim to block-votes is fake news. RC, INC, JIL endorsed politicians who lost elections because the church members themselves do not follow their churches’ political endorsements. 

The CBCP, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, insists that 80%, or more than 80 million Filipinos of a population of 102 million, are practicing RCs who reject divorce. I’m surrounded by practicing, church-going RC relatives and friends and too many of them are wishing for a divorce law so they can stop shackin’-up and make legal the status of their bedmates and children.

This 80% CBCP claim is contrary to the stats of census indicating that there are in the Philippines 10.3 million Muslims; 13 million Protestants; 2 million Buddhists; 3 million Dating Daan Church of God; 2 million Jehovah Witnesses; 3 million Iglesia INC; 2 million Bahai, Hindu; 5 million Atheists, Agnostics; 3 million Mormons; 4 million Aglipayans; 6 million Latter Day Saints, Evangelicals; 5 million Free Thinkers, irreligious, nonpracticing RC, nonpracticing Protestants; 8 million Rizalistas, Philippine Benevolent Missionary Asso., Juche NOKOR, Sikhs, Jews; many many others. If the stats are to be believed, only one-third of Filipinos, and not 80% are serious, RCs.

“Christ the Lord raised marriage to the dignity of a sacrament. God has joined together, no man, no human being must separate. No to divorce.”--CBCP. The Bible is the ultimate guide for what the Christian God wanted of Christians. Where in the Bible does it say that “Christ made marriage a sacrament”? During Biblical times, the culture was one man to a harem--two or more, or dozens, hundreds of wives.

“Why then would one want divorce if legal separation, annulment and declarations of nullity are juridical options already available?”--CBCP President Socrates Villegas. 

May I explain it to you, sir: legal separation simply orders the married couple to live apart before they kill each other. Sooner or later, one or both will find new love. They will shack-up, not allowed to marry because RCs will not allow divorce. Have children who are bastards with no legal position in society. Easily 60% of “couples” with children you see around the Philippines are in this shacking-up status because each was married to somebody else before. Annulment is managed by the RC and therefore costs lots of money; the average Filipino cannot afford the RC-dictated annulment; exactly like a divorce, but with a price tag of c. P150,000 and many years of bureaucratic wait and requirements, the victims tell us. Nullity is more unlikely. Proof is needed that there was deception from the start--like the husband did not tell the wife that he has no penis. Divorce is legal; will be handled by judges; the assets and resources of the couple will be shared to support the children; if the woman makes more money than the man, she will have to help support him. The children will be shared by the father and mother in two separate happy homes.

A survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed last week that 60 percent of adult Filipinos want divorce to be legalized for “irreconcilably separated” couples.

The survey, which was conducted from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 last year, revealed that 60 percent of 1,800 respondents agree that “Married couples who have already separated and cannot reconcile anymore should be allowed to divorce so that they can get legally married again.”

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