October 19, 2017, 6:01 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0717 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.20871 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03475 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33813 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0248 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03475 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03905 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.57731 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03233 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00736 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 33.79539 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01952 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02637 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13393 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0616 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01952 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.2666 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19953 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 390.86294 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.039 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02447 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01905 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.09684 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12863 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 57.20812 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.07243 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01952 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.82351 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42558 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.46544 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12309 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92112 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.21712 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25865 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3441 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52519 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01653 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0399 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01467 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01471 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08578 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.91761 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 173.50644 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14337 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.9752 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15244 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45638 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12402 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.19621 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.08551 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 263.17844 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0682 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26328 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.78407 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 667.88363 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04705 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.48653 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01381 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.1829 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01386 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.33715 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 78.73877 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.09352 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.57126 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.9875 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00589 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01601 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.51054 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 161.47403 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.39672 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.99785 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.29988 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25908 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05952 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01212 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02662 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18372 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33809 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.01269 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.59117 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 47.89145 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.157 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 7.04803 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65892 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3034 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.98223 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37125 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0823 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25884 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.89184 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59176 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15391 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0285 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02714 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00751 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01952 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06338 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06228 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.05076 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07005 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 109.88871 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07106 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07576 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.11582 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.21398 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07321 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15248 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26667 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13003 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15841 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02638 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01468 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43354 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 148.77001 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.91371 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 405.15812 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17083 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.05428 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25884 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64526 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04826 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04364 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07093 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13039 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58821 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.69387 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51738 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.10504 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01952 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57321 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 156.77469 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19475 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 443.49862 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03026 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0495 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.83639 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05271 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.75752 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.96193 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.87895 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.259 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 101.31784 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.0656 Zimbabwe dollar

Divorce, a need whose time has come

The “media circus” is not exclusively the doing of Patricia Bautista.  Both are  airing dirty laundry.   The following was revealed by  Andres Bautista himself.  Below are what I recall hearing, none of which are from the wife’s  camp.   They all came from the press cons and interviews of Andres Bautista:  

That his wife has had a third-party that factored in their estrangement in 2013, that Patricia has been seeing someone else.  That his wife forcibly opened his cabinet and took documents, cash, ATMs, gift certificates, bank passbooks, financial reports and an IPad.  That he filed cases for grave coercion, qualified theft, robbery, among others against his wife.

That he made charges against his wife in connection with the latter’s accusation that he has unexplained wealth amounting to close to P1 billion.   He told media that he did not lie in his SALN.  That the money  was in the name of his parents, siblings.  That his wife is guilty of extortion.  That he denies all of his wife’s allegations and dismissed them as fabricated lies.

He told media his estranged wife stole cash, checks and other financial documents belonging to him and his family.   He claims his wife attempted to  blackmail him using her lawyers and media contacts.  That with media people at the Taguig City prosecutor’s office, he raised four fingers to indicate the number of charges he filed against his wife.

He accused his wife of attempting to extort money from him while she was having a relationship.   That his wife is motivated by greed and that she will stop at nothing to besmirch his reputation and that of his family, for the purpose of financial gain.   He said that his wife is allowing herself to be used by certain people and groups to promote a political agenda designed to cast aspersions on him and the Comelec’s work in the 2016 elections.

He said that the cash, GCs, ATM cards and other financial documents, his wife’s lawyers embellished, doctored or fabricated.   He said he is willing to quit his post if proven that the allegations were true.  He called Atty. Lorna Kapunan, his wife’s lawyer, ridiculous;  to be ignored, that he’s not afraid of her...that Atty.  Kapunan is really rude.

He showed media the cover letter of a draft impeachment complaint prepared against him with threat if he does not agree with the terms of their settlement.   He accused his wife of transferring thousands of dollars and pesos into her account.  And many more details about the feud, details coming from Andres Bautista himself, creating a media circus.

Abigail Valte, former spokesperson of ex-President  Aquino, joined what Andres Bautista refers to as a “media circus.”   Valte is in defense of the team of Andres Bautista, Mar Roxas, Mar’s USec Rene Limcaoco whose family owns Luzon Development Bank where Bautista has 35 passbooks containing a total of P329,220,962 as  alleged by his wife Patricia Bautista. Valte was responding to published reports of journalist Chari Villa that Bautista has received checks from Dean Nilo Divina’s Law Office.  Smartmatic is represented by Divina Law office, alleged Villa.

There will be more on  the continuing saga of the case of  Mrs. Bautista vs Mr. Bautista.  And if we are to believe Patricia Bautista, what we will next hear is,  The People of the Philippines vs Mr. Bautista.  

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A hypothetical couple--has been out-of-love since 2013, almost 5 years of misery and hatred, but forced to live under the same roof,  dealing daily with each other.  All because the Catholic  church orders the government not to allow divorce; prohibit  finding happiness elsewhere.  If there was divorce for people who are hopelessly out-of-love, what might the court system do for them?  A divorce (not a Hollywood or Las Vegas divorce).   Serious, equitable divorce like they have in every sensible country in the world, except the Philippines.  

Each party will get a lawyer.  Both lawyers will meet two or three times together at a Starbuck, haggling for each client, legally and equitably dividing the assets and children custody according to the dictates of the law.  The wife is a successful lawyer earning P300,000 a month.  The husband is a private school teacher earning P48,000 a month.  The lawyers add both incomes = P348,000.  The three children’s lifestyle to which they are accustomed  (private schools, tennis, music, and ballet lessons, restaurants, vacations, medicals, etc.) = P100,000/month.  

Leftover is P248,000 divided by 2 = P124,000 for the wife; P124,000 for the husband.  

The wife will have to give P76,000 of her salary as alimony/support for her ex-husband as the law dictates.   If the salaries were reversed, it is the husband who would give the alimony of P76,000 of his salary to the wife.   They all will have to move out of their extravagant home and move to 2 cheaper apartments.  Custody of the children is shared by father and mother in separate  happy homes.   This is an equitable divorce.  

Such a divorce in the Philippines would have avoided the tragedy of the likes of Ruby Barrameda, killed over child custody.  The Philippines has had many parricides in desperate marriages frequently with the wife as victim.   While murder of husbands are far between, the abused, livid, desperate  Pinay gets even when her husband wakes up castrated and bleeding.  Such tragedy can be avoided by the justice system  by allowing many dysfunctional, unhappy couples to legally break up.

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Dahliaspillera@yahoo.com
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