July 18, 2018, 4:54 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06864 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00897 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03439 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.50824 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02516 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03326 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03738 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.56345 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03139 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00707 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 32.72248 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01869 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02526 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1282 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07195 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01869 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.282 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19138 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 374.13568 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03734 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02459 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.14969 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12502 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 53.37133 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.54401 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01869 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.76603 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4139 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.31714 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11919 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92375 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19884 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25015 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3334 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51037 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01599 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03902 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01411 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01412 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08949 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.88526 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 168.36105 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13998 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.87012 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14665 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44715 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11858 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25939 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.1596 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 268.604 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06791 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27993 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.12671 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 807.13885 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0015 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.42478 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01324 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.09923 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.87722 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27646 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 75.63072 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.88806 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 16.81929 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.08952 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00566 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01532 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.39993 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 157.01738 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.13493 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.97982 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.97197 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24762 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05697 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0116 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02562 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17688 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31088 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.98075 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.55578 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.74846 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15104 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.63427 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6382 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29097 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.33283 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35287 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07569 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24767 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.69034 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58456 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15155 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04691 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02764 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00719 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01869 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06103 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06077 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.27135 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06898 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.5969 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06802 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07424 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.1686 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.92992 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07008 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14699 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25089 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33555 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16567 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02551 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01412 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41499 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 153.24238 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.65221 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 391.8333 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16352 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.624 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24803 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.62213 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04953 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04334 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.09042 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12621 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57118 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.3846 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.48981 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.93085 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01869 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58568 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 145.44945 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 2236.96505 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 430.74192 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06036 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04858 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.48103 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05046 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.48103 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.90563 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.66922 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24782 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 96.98187 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76322 Zimbabwe dollar

Phaseout of jeepneys

I SUPPOSE the phaseout of jeepneys that are 15 years old or older has already started. The government decreed that they should be removed from the streets starting this month as part of its transport modernization program. 
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong admonished the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (Piston) for opposing the program with the warning that “come January 1, if I see an unregistered jeepney, old ones, I will have it towed in front of you. If you want disarray, I have lots of policemen.” 
“There is a time for friendship and there is a time to be reasonable and there is a time for reconciliation and a time for hatred,” Digong said. 
“Filipinos are at stake here. I am the president of the nation. I have to abandon the civilities and the niceties of life. When I was mayor, you were my friends…This time I am the president of the Republic of the Philippines and it’s not about me. It’s about the law,” he added. 
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said “the public utility vehicle modernization program of the Duterte administration is not anti-poor, contrary to the claims of some transport groups.” 
And, if I may add, the Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Teodoro Locsin, Jr. 
Locsin asked the government to reconsider the phaseout of the jeepneys and instead consider banning luxury cars that cost more than $20,000. 
Just how many luxury cars are there in the country that are used for daily commuting by the owners? And will banning them really help ease the gridlock we have everyday all over Metro Manila and other cities? 
“Just extend interest free loans to jeepney owners to keep the old banged up appearance that bears the scars of Philippine history. Just change the engine to that of a Benz,” Locsin said. 
Huh? Wouldn’t that be less practical and more expensive than replacing the old jeepneys with the proposed vehicle that Locsin considers “silly and infantile”? 

MARIJUANA FOR EXPORT

According to a CNN report, there is a growing number of countries that have legalized the use of marijuana or cannabis for medical and recreational purposes. And the list is getting longer. 
Consequently, the world demand for the weed has also significantly increased. 
Already, the Australian government said it was legalizing overseas exports of marijuana products for medical uses. 
“We’d like to potentially be the world’s number one supplier,” its health minister said. 
CNN also reported that a US-based market research and consulting firm forecast that the global market for medicinal marijuana would hit more than $55 billion by 2025. 
CNN cited Canada and The Netherlands as the major producers of medicinal marijuana, while import markets include Germany and Croatia. 
In the US, recreational use of marijuana is being legalized on a state-by-state basis. California has already done it effective January 1 this year. Canada is expected to follow soon. 
CNN said that according to Marijuana Business Daily, recreational sales for marijuana are expected to total $7.1 billion to $10.3 billion in the U.S. by 2021. 
I’ve read and heard of clandestine marijuana planting in the country. We could be a big supplier of the weed if we legalized its cultivation strictly for exports only, under stringent governmental regulations and supervision, couldn’t we? It would help a lot of marginal farmers in the countryside earn more. It could also be a good source of much-needed foreign exchange. 
Just thinking aloud, but it’s an idea that the Department of Agriculture and other relevant agencies may wish to explore. 

DIGONG’S
ANTI-CORRUPTION DRIVE

Next on the chopping block of Digong of government officials who travel too much could be CHED head Patricia Licuanan. The last one was Marcial Amaro of Marina. He followed Terry Ridon of the Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor and Development Academy of the Philippines head Elba Cruz.
Licuanan was once asked to stop attending Cabinet meetings, but for some reason managed to stick to her job. 
But what I cannot help wondering about is the complaint made by Digong’s new appointee as board member of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Sandra Cam.
Cam accused PCSO chief Alexander Balutan of allegedly spending P10 million for the agency’s Christmas party in the luxury five-star Shangrila Hotel on Edsa. 
Balutan claimed only P5 million was spent for the party.
As I said in my last column, P5 million, by any stretch of the imagination, is too much for a party, especially for a government office whose existence it owes to the majority of the poor people who shell out a few pesos each lottery draw in the fervent hope that they’d win and get them out of their misery. Theirs is the same money that the PCSO revelers spent for their party.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, at the time, said: “I think you know that the President does not tolerate extravagance… I’m sure the President will look into the matter.” 
Has he? Nothing has been heard about the matter since. 
In the meantime, Cam and Balutan are squabbling and hurling accusations against each other which obviously is not good for the agency. What is Digong going to do about it? 

SERENO

I daresay Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno’s goose is cooked. 
With 10 out of 14 of her colleagues in the high court testifying against her, I think her ouster is a foregone conclusion. 
And even if she survives impeachment, how could she function effectively with the majority of her colleagues against her? Without any respect for her? 
I join others who believe that her best recourse would be to resign effective immediately… unless there is truth to the rumor that she is banking on being bailed out by an unnamed tycoon who will pay every senator who votes to acquit her P200 million. 
It’s a wild story but then again, we have seen it happen before for a much lesser amount, albeit paid for a guilty vote. 
*** 
I would like to express sincere condolences to the family of our esteemed publisher, Amado “Jake” P. Macasaet, who passed away last Sunday morning. May the Almighty grant him eternal peace. 
*** 
REMINDERS
This segment is intended to remind the administration of some of its yet unfulfilled promises and matters that need attention and/or follow-up action.
1) Digong’s promise to rid the country of foreign troops. This, of course, includes re-visiting the lopsided VFA and the EDCA with the US.
2) Reciprocal visa arrangements with the US and other countries.
3) The retrieval of the Balangiga bells.
4) The return of the Canadian waste.
5) The immediate implementation of the FOI.
*** 
Today is the 243rd day of the eleventh year of the enforced disappearance of Jonas Burgos, son of the late press icon and founder of this newspaper.
After the acquittal of Major Harry Baliaga, Jr., the only person formally charged with Jonas’ kidnapping, I guess what happens next is now up to Divine Providence.
*** 
From an internet friend: 
Two nerdy male students meet on campus one day.
One of them notices that the other is on a shiny new racing bike.
He calls out to the other: “Hey -- nice bike! Where did you get it?” 
“Well,” replies the other, “I was walking to class the other day when this pretty, young co-ed rides up on this bike. She jumps off, takes off all of her clothes, and says ‘You can have ANYTHING you want!!’” 
“Good choice,” says the first, “her clothes wouldn’t have fit you anyway.” 
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Column of the Day

Tearing down the house (Second of a series)

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By Jego Ragragio | July 18,2018
‘The draft Federal Constitution is a clear example of tearing a house down in order to install a new door—where the new door goes into an existing door jamb. There’s barely anything new here, and the few things that are new, don’t actually need a constitutional amendment.’

Opinion of the Day

Heed this constitutional expert’s warning

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By ELLEN TORDESILLAS | July 18, 2018
‘The critique of Gene Lacza Pilapil, assistant professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, one of the resource persons, should warn us about the draft Federal Constitution produced by the Duterte-created Consultative Committee.’