December 16, 2017, 9:37 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07288 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.24593 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03533 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34712 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02593 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03533 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0397 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.63815 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03288 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00748 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.75546 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01985 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02675 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13617 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06539 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01985 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.2763 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20411 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 397.3799 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03965 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02552 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01965 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.62406 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13118 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 59.40849 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.184 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01985 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.86245 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43364 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.50992 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12575 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94204 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.28011 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26427 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35252 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5391 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01689 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04119 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01488 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0149 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08949 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93628 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 177.61016 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14561 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.01171 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15502 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46602 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12717 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24851 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.30468 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.45216 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0697 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27173 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.50139 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 706.60975 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.09111 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.47122 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01404 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23456 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04347 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.38392 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.89281 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.1582 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.86423 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.58495 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00599 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01628 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.65919 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 164.78761 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.88289 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.0389 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.48432 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26141 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06051 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01232 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02704 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1878 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33869 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.03414 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.03454 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.15403 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15967 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.9869 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.67209 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30905 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.16276 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37963 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08094 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2608 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.10599 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60838 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16635 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03573 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02839 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00762 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01985 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06535 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06434 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.17745 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07099 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.57205 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07225 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07797 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.1679 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.58892 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07443 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15358 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26852 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13219 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16899 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02675 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01489 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44077 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 151.44898 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.09567 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 413.80507 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17368 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.22191 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26054 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6449 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04961 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04557 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07666 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13159 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5944 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.30329 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54875 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.55617 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01985 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57046 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 160.57959 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.198 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 450.55577 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.09845 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05144 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 11.07165 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05359 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 11.49782 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00337 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.96129 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26079 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 103.00714 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.18341 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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