February 19, 2018, 8:09 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07035 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03736 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0341 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37852 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02417 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0341 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03831 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.58755 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03006 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00722 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 33.54368 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02532 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13142 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06189 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.22893 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18046 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 383.5249 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03827 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02404 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01774 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.3659 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12153 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.27203 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.83966 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.70268 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.39128 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.38755 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.115 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93544 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.16856 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24138 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33716 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52165 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01543 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03813 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01366 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01366 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08656 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89866 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.37548 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14054 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.9364 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14982 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45019 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11447 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.21437 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.80326 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 259.67432 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06787 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.23063 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.68199 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 709.84673 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91667 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.39444 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01355 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03307 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.93774 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30544 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.53257 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.57567 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.24138 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.41552 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00573 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01571 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.12088 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.62069 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.83908 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.97165 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.44272 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22308 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0584 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01189 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02534 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17539 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31734 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.9454 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.42146 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.82375 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15425 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.68582 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61303 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29828 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.66743 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35467 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07454 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22274 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.87739 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59195 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14901 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 1.96697 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02593 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00737 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06225 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06025 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11398 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0642 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.68774 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06973 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07198 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.08044 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.10153 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07184 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14875 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25546 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34393 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15255 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02511 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01367 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4254 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.16858 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.76628 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 378.35439 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16762 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.86552 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22276 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59923 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04546 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04238 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07167 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12904 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.55669 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.02682 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51715 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.38697 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54521 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 156.47509 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 477.73945 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 434.75095 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01916 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04802 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.11303 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05172 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.11303 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.81628 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.78831 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22279 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.41571 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.93295 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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