June 25, 2018, 3:36 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06901 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02912 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03401 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5072 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02524 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03345 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03758 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.57159 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03155 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00712 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 32.90079 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02526 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1289 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07111 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28053 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19402 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 376.17437 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03754 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02493 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01856 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.99061 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12218 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.75385 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.57591 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.77772 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41526 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.33615 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12016 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92728 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.1963 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25225 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33484 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51146 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01612 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03918 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01416 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01417 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08979 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.87956 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 169.07178 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14072 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.87599 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14741 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44878 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11882 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24803 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.23224 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 264.43067 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06764 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27568 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.24728 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 798.38407 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03119 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.45509 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01333 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06417 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.89121 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28183 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.00526 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.92522 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 16.91094 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.86622 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00568 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01541 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.38595 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.00451 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.292 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.98572 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.74709 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25254 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05728 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01166 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02548 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1786 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3177 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.98891 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.98647 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.97896 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15183 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.67042 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65295 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29256 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.4053 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37584 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07518 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25239 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.72679 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59207 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15205 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03401 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02719 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00723 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06134 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0609 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.28222 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06966 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.55769 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06839 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07509 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18236 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.96073 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07046 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1479 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25235 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33738 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16635 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02551 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01417 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41725 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.94363 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.72905 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 394.98309 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16441 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.67644 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25202 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61856 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04882 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04333 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08786 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12682 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56924 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.63435 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49267 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.51597 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59451 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 147.50094 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1499.4363 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 430.10147 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07159 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0488 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.56614 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05073 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.56614 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92165 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.69466 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25241 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 97.51033 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.80008 Zimbabwe dollar

The last 700 days

MAYBE it’s just me, I mean the types of people among whom I circulate, but it seems that I am getting embroiled more and more in political discussions despite the fact that our incumbent president still has a little over 700 more days to go in office.
 
And more and more the discussion is around who will win in 2016, and who will I support.
 
I have kept on telling people that between candidate “JB” and candidate “C” I will go with the latter. “JB” may be vice president now, but I think that’s as far as he goes. “C” may come from a political family and electing “C” is sure to generate some talk of dynasty, but I for one am not so much against electing people with the same name as others on the current or previous ballots as I am against electing idiots into office, whether they come from entrenched dynasties or not.
 
So after the incumbent steps down – someone no one expected to be elected president in the first place, if you remember – then I am hoping that “C” will take his place.
 
Hope is all I can do because I am not American and cannot elect a second (and maybe better-prepared) Clinton into the White House. 
 
Oh…so you didn’t know that that’s what “C” stood for? And you didn’t know that Vice President “JB” refers to Joe Biden?
 
Come to think of it, America too goes to the polls in 2016 (November, that is) just as we go to the polls in May. But in our case it means that President PNoy only has some 700+ days left in office; and before you know it he will be escorting his successor from Malacañang to the Quirino Grandstand and then driving off into private life a few minutes thereafter. 
 
Now 700+ days is still a long ways off, but the political pot is already a-simmer. And people are beginning to ask whether our Vice President is “it” or whether someone can do a Barack Obama and emerge out of nowhere and steal the elections, or steal a Binay presidency “from the jaws of victory”. In many ways it is too early to tell because many things can happen – to individuals, to groups, to the country – so anything and everything we say at this point is clearly speculation, speculation that can prove us 180% off the mark come May 2016.
 
Just remember how things looked like to political commentators in May 2009.
 
But all the uncertainties aside, there is something that I suspect – or maybe hope is a better word – that will color the elections of 2016. And that is a growing desire for even more radical reforms in the way we govern ourselves – including our expectations in and selection of public officials – so much so that a majority of the electorate will demand that the winner of 2016 be a reform candidate, if not in fact a traitor to his upper social class. 
 
That can be exemplified by requiring each candidate for President to answer a question such as: “Can you ever imagine a situation where you will pardon those who will be convicted of plunder and/or any crime related to the misuses of pork barrel funds?”
 
Yes, yes, I know that it is easy for a pol to say whatever he knows he has to say just to get elected. But that’s why we need to learn from Susan Roces and look all of them in the eye when they reply to see who is telling the truth and who isn’t.
 
And if we still end up voting into office someone who will turn out to have lied to us, well, then the fault is in our stars, not his. (That’s no plug for a movie I didn’t see.)
 
But yes I hope that whoever wins in 2016 will be the one elected on a wave of a reform agenda. One who may be an old face sworn to a new level of performance in public office – unless you insist that old dogs cannot learn new tricks; or one who is totally fresh, and unsullied by previous compromises or political baggage.
 
Because to a great extent that is the reason why PNoy won in 2010 over candidates far more experienced than he was. (I can still hear his mother acknowledge her being inexperienced compared to Marcos: inexperienced in lying, cheating and stealing, she would tell her audience.) He was elected despite his being wet behind the ears because people felt that he would initiate much needed political and economic reform in this country. Four years hence that can be a topic of debate, but even I who didn’t vote for him will concede that some amount of political reform was made possible because it was PNoy who is at the helm.
 
The question is: who is best positioned to continue what has been begun and to initiate what still has to be initiated? The answer to that question – which you and I as voters will have to answer to ourselves and maybe to our barbers, hairdressers and taxi drivers too – is what should determine the vote we will cast in May of 2016.
 
It is only June 2014, though, and there is still 700 or so days to go before a new President is installed in office. 700+ days. That’s still a long time to go, enough time for many small, quick wins, if not in fact for few big ones. But in addition to giving all those allegedly involved in the PDAF scandal their proper day in court, what can these be? 
 
Can passing an honest-to-goodness FOI bill that truly empowers the citizenry be one of them? Wouldn’t that be a fitting legacy for the son of two so-called “icons of Philippine democracy?”
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