May 24, 2017, 2:01 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07381 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.39851 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03597 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.32504 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02683 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03597 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04019 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.61957 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03496 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00756 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.20217 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0201 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02784 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13867 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06563 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0201 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30125 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20751 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 402.33121 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04015 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0271 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01953 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 13.47267 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13847 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 58.35812 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.51125 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0201 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.96925 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.47339 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.57074 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13296 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94574 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.17205 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27938 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.36314 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46021 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01786 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0421 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01545 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01546 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08669 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.90334 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 181.20981 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14748 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.11013 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15644 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.47082 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13208 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.33903 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.50744 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 267.16239 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0719 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.29803 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.73392 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 651.98958 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0008 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.60008 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01424 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23286 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07094 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.36441 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 81.2902 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 9.04341 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 18.08682 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 22.44775 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00609 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01648 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.24598 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 164.32878 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 30.27532 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.06873 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 1.84887 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26588 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06127 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01247 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02803 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19542 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.36586 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.09586 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.49196 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.43248 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16115 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 7.19453 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.69695 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3115 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.4168 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37541 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08626 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26598 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.33039 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59385 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16751 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07195 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02866 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00773 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0201 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06572 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06587 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.10309 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07495 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.9996 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07317 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0813 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.13651 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.46403 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07535 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15881 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26967 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13384 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17452 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02785 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01546 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44626 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.31673 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.03296 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 437.5784 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17528 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.34928 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26605 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.69031 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04822 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04643 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0716 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13463 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60344 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.81511 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52904 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.62862 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0201 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56692 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 76.36656 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20045 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 454.6624 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.15394 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05199 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 11.70539 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05426 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 11.75181 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11917 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 5.02271 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2661 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 104.2906 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.27291 Zimbabwe dollar

The economics of a failed revolution

In the first place, maybe what we insisted on calling a revolution never was in the strictest sense. Seeing through the years what we had become -- those of us who reveled in the EDSA Revolution, ecstatic we had deposed a dictatorship with prayers -- the EDSA Revolution might have been, in reality, a dismal failure.

Self-reflection can be painful when what stares back falls short of expectations and in contrast might actually be the reality others see. 

Note how others might view our democracy. 

In 1986 we demonized a despot who choked us employing a dictatorial stranglehold that it took decades for us to grow the gonads to depose him. Since then we reverted, confronted now with the possibility of a diabolic political resurrection.

Since 1986, we’ve had two presidents accused of high crimes enough to jail them. After a few years we not only released them but we’ve reinstalled them in powerful positions.

Our political development actually worsened. Recently we picked a president whose reputation for violence might sit well with the reputations of such authoritarians as Baby Doc Duvalier, Pol Pot, and even Idi Amin.

Now note how others might view our economy.

Since 1986 we’ve failed to industrialize and instead established an economy essentially nothing more than a backroom after-sales office providing telephony support. If what sustained us prior to being a business processes outsourcing (BPO) economy was simply being a raw material supplier, via our dependence on BPO, we effectively remain as raw input suppliers.

Where we think we’ve industrialized, we didn’t. Note where mining is typically a seminal industrial catalyst, despite the  political power mining players wield data shows it contributes little to GDP, enhancing instead offshore industrialized economies while ravaging our forests and food baskets.

More than failed development, the manner we celebrate the EDSA Revolution is perhaps the most painful realization of a self-inflicted wound. Note that our most historically popular president chose not to celebrate EDSA himself. The snub was deliberate. Worse, it felt like a slap. 

It’s ironic. Had EDSA failed to unseat Ferdinand E. Marcos, we would not be enjoying the freedoms we carelessly enjoy. Without deposing the dictatorship Cory Aquino would not have been president. Nor would Estrada, Gloria Arroyo and Cory’s son, Benigno III -- the latter’s weaknesses and failures compelling us to elect Rodrigo R. Duterte. 

The EDSA unseating was successful only where it allowed us to choose according to the depth of our intellect and the sway and swings of our emotions. But was the EDSA Revolution just that, an unseating? 

One view of revolutions is that these result in a profound overturning of ruling classes. The socio-economic structure of the Philippines during the dictatorship years and what it is now are perhaps the best arguments that the revolution we thought we fought either did not take place or had failed miserably. 

Some economic indices bear these out. We are not referring to the disembodied GDP that misses out on critical metrics like the gap between the rich and the poor, hunger and inequity -- those that measure inclusive development. 

GDP improved. Even in the simplest macroeconomic growth graphs GDP eventually travels north powered by technological advancement and the inherent desire to be more efficient. Given three decades since 1986, whether governed by outstanding presidents, or among them, bungling buffoons, growth is assumed and dips, naturally corrected.

Between 1986 and  2016 poverty incidence did indeed fall to between 21 percent to 28 percent under Benigno Aquino III, albeit those mimic Estrada’s target in 2004. GDP growth increased from 3.2 percent to 7.1 percent. External debt fell and interest burdens decreased substantially when, under Arroyo, debts were either paid down or refinanced, eventually leading to the ballyhooed ratings Aquino boasted of when he inherited Arroyo’s economy. Tragically however, per capita GDP remained lowest in the region while coup-cursed Thailand, our economic twin, registered over 2.20 times ours.

Unemployment, also the worst in the region among even lower GDP growth economies, improved from 1986 as the government changed its benchmarks but the bigger problem of underemployment remained substantially between 25 percent to 33 percent. The most alarming however is the labor participation rate under Aquino’s final year. Those looking for work in 2016 were 63.4 percent. In 1986 it averaged lower at 62.9 percent.

Where revolutions impact on inequities EDSA failed miserably. The Gini Coefficient that measures inequality worsened under Aquino registering 43.1 percent compared to 41.04 percent in 1986.

That gap should not have happened. Yet it was allowed to grow by a dispensation that cared little and had no empathy for our poorest subsisting at the bottom rung of the index despite the GDP growth that skirted them. The gap shows  the last presidency that could have and should have resurrected the economic promise of EDSA, simply pampered its upper-crust plutocracy. 

After 1986 we crawled away from a debt-driven economy and GDP grew. But only for the rich. From 1986 the worsening inequity shows how government fails when it prioritizes the interests of cronies in the case of 1986, and in 2016, the “kaklase, kaibigan and kabarilan” coterie under Aquino. If the EDSA celebrations were largely ignored last month it is because the last plutocratic administration hammered the last nail on its coffin.
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