July 25, 2017, 8:48 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.03628 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.32436 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02723 Australian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 Cuban Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01797 Euro
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01573 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01572 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08685 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.91021 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 182.75233 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1491 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.14512 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15784 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.47422 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13229 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24625 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.54195 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.57844 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07211 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30521 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.93595 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 657.62059 Iran Rial
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.6139 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01433 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23666 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0906 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.38113 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 81.57681 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 9.12404 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 18.24078 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 22.6366 Korean Won
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1 Philippine Peso = 6.364 Kazakhstan Tenge
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1 Philippine Peso = 30.51277 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.08877 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 1.84435 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25922 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 1.09972 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.52331 Myanmar Kyat
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.37863 Mexican Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.2604 Namibian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.17055 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.08654 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02835 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00779 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06622 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06654 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11897 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0753 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 112.82935 Paraguayan Guarani
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1 Philippine Peso = 1.14766 Russian Rouble
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.076 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16004 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26836 Seychelles Rupee
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.17451 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02797 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01573 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45006 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 152.00649 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.08634 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 435.85326 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17678 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.43737 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26014 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6897 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04917 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04647 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0711 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13537 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61011 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 45.17633 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53223 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.78071 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02027 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57377 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 77.82732 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20216 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 459.54601 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.18241 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05201 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 11.77483 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05472 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 11.82205 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.13174 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 5.06546 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25921 South African Rand
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No more gaffes

ABOUT three weeks ago, former Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr. said the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) was unsettled and had “grave concern” about China’s move to militarize man-made islands, including installation of weapons systems, in the South China Sea.
He made the announcement after a foreign ministers’ meeting of the Association in Boracay. Interestingly, his statement came shortly after the US State Department expressed the same concern.
Quite expectedly, China did not take kindly to Yasay’s assertion. Consequently, Beijing abruptly decided to cancel the scheduled trip of the Chinese commerce minister’s trip to Manila to sign joint projects worth billions of dollars. 
The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said Yasay’s remarks “were not consistent with the healthy and rapidly developing ties between China and the Philippines.”
Yasay later denied it was his statement that caused the cancellation of the Chinese minister’s trip.
Just the same, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong found it necessary to reiterate his assurance to China that he will not raise, at this time, her reported militarization of, or the arbitral ruling favoring the Philippine claim to, the disputed areas.
“You know, time and again, when I went to China, I said we are not prepared to raise the issue of the arbitration award for the simple reason that we are yet to finalize the good relations between China and the Philippines. We cannot talk if we are still fighting. We should become friends first so when we face each other, there is respect and dignity on both sides,” Digong said.
And so, he appealed to the Chinese to reconsider their decision. They did.
Digong was “happy” to meet with Chinese commerce minister Zhong San and his delegation in Malacañang last week.
He told Zhong his decision to follow an independent “neutral” policy was the correct one.
“I also told him that, you know, we are in Asia, far from the maddening crowd of Europe… Sabi ko, ang swerte natin nandito sa Asia and since China is the leading industrial power, we’ll have to ally with them in trade and commerce and eventually improve on the bilateral relations and come out with a vibrant economy,” he said.
Digong also thanked China for her aid to the earthquake-hit Surigao.
The point I’m making here is that with Digong’s foreign policy already clear as daylight, i.e., “friends to all who would be friends with us, while at the same time maintaining the ‘good’ ties with old ones, and with only the national interest as the overriding consideration”, I am confident that such gaffes as the one committed by Yasay will not occur again while professionals are in charge of the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The art of diplomacy and its nuances cannot be learned overnight. It takes years and years of experience and exposure in the realm of international relations to acquire sufficient knowledge and expertise to be able to ply it… well, ably.
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The sheer enormity, the gravity and the magnitude of the illegal drug problem in the country that Digong inherited couldn’t possibly have happened just before he took over.
Everyone knows that the problem is the direct result of six years of utter neglect by the previous Aquino administration to stem the proliferation of the killer drug shabu. The huge shabu factories discovered by Digong did not sprout overnight. One of the biggest found was in Tarlac, Aquino’s own turf.
The De Lima case alone shows that the drug problem couldn’t have deteriorated so badly without the knowledge and probable connivance of some officials in the Aquino regime.
For this reason, many were happy to learn that the anti-crime group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) led by the indefatigable Dante Jimenez is “following up on several solid leads and will develop the case against other Aquino officials as soon as we can.”
VACC general counsel Ferdinand Topacio reportedly said:
“Looking at the evidence thus far uncovered holistically, the legal team has come to the alarming and terrifying conclusion that the Bilibid drug trade may not be confined to the Department of Justice during the time of Senator De Lima, but may go beyond that to other departments of government in the Aquino administration, and involving officials higher than then Justice Secretary De Lima.”
“The magnitude of the amounts involved, the huge number of participants and the impunity and cover-up concerning the illegal trading of drugs in the NBP justify the conclusion that it was a wider network than previously believed, and that its tentacles extended all the way to Malacañang Palace during the Aquino regime,” he added.
I believe it is incumbent upon the administration’s concerned agencies to lend a helping hand to the VACC to facilitate its investigation and case build-up.
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She is no different from the person who appointed her as Ombudsman. Like ex-President Noynoy Aquino, she does not know or believe in the principle of command responsibility.
How can Conchita Carpio-Morales possibly indict former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad for the unconstitutional and illegal Development Acceleration Program (DAP) and absolve Aquino at the same time?
A percentage of the DAP was even allegedly used to bribe some senators and congressmen to impeach the late Supreme Court chief justice Renato Corona.
As Rep. Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna said, Morales’ decision “is wanting for failing to indict the former president, who was ultimately responsible for DAP.”
 “It is highly unacceptable why Aquino was spared when his very signature appears on the DAP (memorandum),” he said.
Morales’ decision on the Abad/Aquino case is reminiscent of the one she rendered in the case of former MRT boss Al Vitangcol whom she indicted for alleged corruption while absolving his boss, former Transportation chief Antonio Abaya, who signed the anomalous contract. Abaya was a close associate of Aquino and ex-DILG head Mar Roxas.
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Morales was a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award last year for “restoring the faith in the rule of law”.
In receiving the Award, Morales reportedly claimed that she “radically improved the efficacy and credibility” of the Ombudsman and “has shown the way towards a more coherent, concerted action against corruption.”
Really now? I find that hard to believe.
Is it any wonder then why there are calls from several quarters for her impeachment?
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Today is the 321st day of the tenth year of Jonas Burgos’ enforced disappearance.
The family and friends of Jonas hope that the Duterte administration will not be part of the continuing cover-up. The Burgos family implores Digong to haul the perpetrators to justice and bring Jonas back home even with the appointment of Gen. Eduardo Ano as AFP chief who was implicated in the abduction of Jonas almost ten years ago.
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