July 20, 2018, 4:43 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0687 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01833 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03442 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51646 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02528 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0333 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03741 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.57108 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03151 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00707 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 32.75309 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02527 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12832 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07203 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27899 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19255 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 374.4856 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03737 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02464 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01868 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.20576 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12563 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 53.5578 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.55649 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.77142 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41506 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.32024 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11972 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93303 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19981 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25129 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33389 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51106 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01606 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03917 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01429 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01431 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08962 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.88982 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 168.66816 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14005 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.88103 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1468 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44747 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1187 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26057 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.20183 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.36027 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06796 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28159 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.25963 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 813.69248 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99588 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.43547 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01325 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11107 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.8771 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27484 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 75.70146 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.90311 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 16.83502 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.15413 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00566 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01534 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.4508 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 157.22035 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.15189 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.98915 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 3.00412 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24822 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05703 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01161 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02573 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17723 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31076 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.98373 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.78638 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.80995 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15122 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.64048 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64347 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29125 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.40105 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35353 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07589 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24819 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.7153 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58586 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15284 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04293 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02753 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00719 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06114 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06073 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.39618 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0692 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.97905 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06809 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07472 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.95267 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07015 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14747 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25122 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33483 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16573 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02554 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0143 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41538 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 153.38571 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.68088 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 393.68313 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16367 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.633 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24845 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.62252 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04952 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04351 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08966 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12587 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57159 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.49906 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49158 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.56977 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58277 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 145.09914 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 2239.05724 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 431.12608 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04265 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04883 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.52881 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05051 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.52881 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.90591 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.67265 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24818 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 97.07258 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76955 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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