January 18, 2018, 11:41 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07263 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.14992 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03521 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37318 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02474 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03521 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03956 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.63687 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03163 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00745 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.63172 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02627 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13568 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06382 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25445 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19324 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 395.96518 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03951 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02456 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01896 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.96895 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12736 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 56.62579 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.15506 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.77275 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.40883 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.49743 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1197 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95886 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.24462 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25141 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34978 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53817 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01607 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03956 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01433 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01431 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08957 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.9371 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 177.94699 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14509 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.07219 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15475 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46509 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11922 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25771 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.9644 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 263.35047 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06775 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.266 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.41772 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 723.08147 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02255 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.43928 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01399 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.18216 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03224 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.37189 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.26622 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.12896 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.80063 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.02452 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00594 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01622 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.47765 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 163.7856 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.88528 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.04292 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.5093 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24248 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0603 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01227 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02646 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18183 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33356 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.98418 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.46361 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 47.8837 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1593 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.96203 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64676 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30795 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.11195 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37086 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07803 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24161 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.0807 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6072 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15518 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0265 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02715 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0076 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06341 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0624 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.18473 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06706 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 110.52215 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07202 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07488 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.11739 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.52987 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07417 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15387 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26503 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13841 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15847 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02609 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01433 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4392 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 150.90981 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.85839 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 393.89636 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17306 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.18552 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24175 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.63054 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04769 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04409 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07507 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13281 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5839 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.34335 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56547 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.79588 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01978 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56468 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 160.81883 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19729 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 449.14952 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0449 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04966 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.5352 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0534 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.5352 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.90645 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.94363 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24183 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 102.64043 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.15783 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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