November 23, 2017, 6:08 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07222 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23697 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.035 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34334 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02609 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.035 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03933 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.63992 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03265 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00741 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.27689 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02668 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13491 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06405 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28171 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20626 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 393.707 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03929 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0252 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01953 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.51721 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13055 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 59.27237 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.06096 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.84798 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42782 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.47748 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12472 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93215 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.25679 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26216 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34612 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53196 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01676 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0411 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01485 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01485 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.09043 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92566 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 176.89283 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14439 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.01731 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15359 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46264 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12608 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.21691 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.23442 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 266.33236 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06904 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28012 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.94985 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 692.86138 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03638 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.46903 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01391 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.2151 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03441 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.37082 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 78.99705 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.32547 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.69912 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.59685 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00593 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01613 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.50443 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 163.16618 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.60669 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.02262 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.44897 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2763 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05995 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0122 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02689 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18578 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34307 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.02635 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.80433 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 47.94494 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15822 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.90266 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6647 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30619 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.0885 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37348 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08155 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27622 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.00098 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60177 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16317 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03638 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02891 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00756 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06359 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06374 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06568 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07087 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 110.87513 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07473 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07785 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.16841 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.36755 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07374 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15449 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26735 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13097 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16686 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0267 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01486 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4367 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.85251 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.99312 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 410.64307 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17207 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.12743 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27624 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64562 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04905 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04547 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07723 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13037 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59133 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.93314 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51976 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.28811 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57699 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 158.89873 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19617 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 446.39136 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.10089 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05108 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.98368 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0531 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.988 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.98682 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.91504 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2763 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 102.05507 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.11701 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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