December 18, 2017, 6:43 pm
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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

The era of fake news

ANY innovation can be a bane or a boon, depending on which side you are sitting. The wonders of the internet have long been sung about (Avenue Q’s tongue-in-cheek song comes to mind) yet many of us struggle to keep up with the dark side that it has come with. Millennials will be surprised to find out that there are an estimated one billion websites existing on various servers around the world, and not all of them serve purposes that are legitimate or decent. The dark corners of the web remain closed to search engines crawlers like Google and is not easily accessible to ordinary internet users, making it easier for unsavory elements to do their business.

We saw a little bit of this darkness creeping into social media when concerned users exposed “Pastor Hokage” groups on Facebook, groups that were using the platform to share photos of women in compromising situations, of the lewd kind. While some of these photos may have been taken with the women fully aware of its sexual nature, some members of the group started uploading photos of minors and some who obviously did not fully consent to the posting. The uproar that followed resulted in the mass reporting of these groups by users who were appalled at the way the group encouraged exploiting women through stalker-like behavior.

The other disturbing problem about the widespread use of social media in the country is the proliferation of fake news. With internet penetration in the Philippines reportedly at 54%, which translates to fifty-five million Filipinos online, the task to fight fake news does not only fall on the shoulders of platforms like Facebook and Twitter, but also on the users themselves. I don’t know about what you guys see on your feeds but until this day, I still see well-meaning friends posting fake news, unable to know the difference. It’s quite frustrating, really. Those who share the same experience are unsure about talking to their friends who fall for fake news, afraid of a confrontation or an argument.

I once commented on the post of an old schoolmate about Filipinos being granted visa-free access to the United States. The source site claimed to be BBC (www.bbc-channel.com) but when I checked the URL or the website address, it was not the official website of the BBC (which is www.bbc.co.uk) I left a comment about the URL and posted the official site of the BBC, which was met with suspicion and resentment from my schoolmate. I’m certain I’m not the only one who has encountered this kind of attitude. So many fake websites have mushroomed over the years, peddling suspicious news, that news agencies such as the BBC have issued standard disclaimers about them to warn its audience.

Several groups and media watchdogs have come up with lists of fake news sites in an effort to guide the public, but given the easy creation of these sites, the lists have not been updated as quickly. If you see something shared on Facebook, it’s always best to check sources outside of Facebook to see if you’re being taken for a ride. The URL of a suspicious article should always be checked; fake news websites love using URLs that are close to the legitimate addresses; they just add a dash or extra word here and there to make the address look legit. We all love good news, especially if it’s about visa-free entry to other countries or juicy stories about our favorite celebrities, but it’s best to go to the primary source of the supposed news to check its provenance. A quick Google search of the subject will also tell you if it’s been picked up by reputable news agencies. If not, then that’s a red flag you shouldn’t ignore.

You might think that fake news about visa requirements or restaurant freebies are too inconsequential to spend time on, but not calling these out contributes to a culture of tolerance for fake news. Today, fake news can be about a celebrity’s supposed demise, or the closure of a favorite haunt. Tomorrow, it can be about a government’s supposed achievement or a leader’s fake endorsement of another. You’d be surprised that the flat earth theory is still believed in some circles (flat earthers, in millennial speak), same with climate change deniers and anti-vaxxers, or anti-vaccination advocates.

We’ve always taken the traditional media to task whenever there are errors in their reporting. For example, there was a furor when a broadsheet mistakenly published as its banner Mary Jane Veloso’s death, when we all know that her execution had been delayed at the last hour (the publication apologized for their mistake.) Journalists are derogatorily nicknamed “kuryente” whenever they run with stories that have been proven inaccurate. Some take a while to recover from the hit on their credibility.

In the era of fake news, there’s absolutely no reason why we, as readers, should not subject websites and blogs with the same discerning eye as traditional news outlets. See how they behave when called out about peddling wrong information, and if they take steps to correct their mistake. If not, you’re sure to have landed on a site which takes advantage of the lack of information about certain issues to get more clicks on its website, all for two discernable motives: to get advertising money, and to confuse the public about the real issues at hand.
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