November 22, 2017, 3:16 pm
Facebook iconTwitter iconYouTube iconGoogle+ icon
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 pintakasi and the kulasisi

Given the time and money it wastes, the legislature has come to be our fattest, most cost-ineffective and expensive white elephant. Whenever a scandal erupts within its halls it almost always has little to do with democratic lawmaking, economic governance, educational development, or even about political ideology as democratic space licenses lawmakers to debate. Instead it is always about partisanship, betrayal, backstabbing, the abuse of privilege, thievery of state coffers and downright crude and crass criminality. 

Be it within the House of Representatives built over a mountain of garbage or the Senate settled along cisterns where the metropolis’s untreated sewage is discharged.

And just when we thought we had seen some relief from those monetarily conflicted among the Commission on Appointments who refuse to yield to the most basic and decent act of recusing themselves from deciding the fate of an honest and decent cabinet appointee whose portfolio directly impacts on their personal cashflows, within weeks, again we are assaulted with the noxious stink of base and shameless congressional indecency.

Those we call honorable have discovered deeper depths to sink to and have now ended up in an aptly labeled chicken fight traditionally known as a “pintakasi.” While technically the word has two meanings, one being an “intercessor,” and the other, a cockfighting derby, we loosely refer to the second.

To update on serial congressional scandals, the latest involves a degrading pintakasi among mistresses or concubines colloquially called “kulasisi.” Hence, our title.

In recent history the reputation of our legislative chambers had started sinking into both the slime and mud when the public started viewing congressional hearings as a cheap substitute for TV gameshows, noontime variety shows and the mid-afternoon and early evening telenovelas whether imported or the home-grown tearjerker cum slap-fest variety specifically produced to sell laundry soap.

The impeachment of a former president had started a trend and was an immediate blockbuster that not only rivalled the most tacky and tasteless serials and soaps but, based on what seemed like reality, it depicted the high and mighty as nothing more than lowlife and earthy clowns. 

The first impeachment and another that followed were a series of comic relief ever so briefly interspersed with moments of drama. That it was a tableau of the most ludicrous was nothing new. At least not to those congressional beat reporters who had to suffer the circus on a daily basis seeking signs of intelligent life and a tabloid sound-byte worthy of the six o’clock news.

Unfortunately the networks soon discovered the kitschy entertainment value of politics. When network executives saw the reactions, and the popular following, then they began investing in live TV in the once low-viewership afternoons. Comedy, gross stupidity, insults and the ugly reality of the powerful plotting and squirming in their guilt brought in the ratings and delivered unprecedented bottomline profits. Indeed, there is money to be made in garbage.

And like a backed-up toilet, the new TV stars were full of it.

As politics degraded into cheap and crude entertainment so did legislation. Hearings were un-attended unless these had entertainment value and media coverage. It was a matter of garbage-in and garbage-out. The cast grandstanded with hyperbolic scripts. As the legislature’s cast of characters drew in the worst players, the most ill-experienced and uneducated if not the most unintelligent that constituencies could elect as those who might both represent them on one end while entertain tasteless requisites on another, priorities morphed from serious lawmaking to tragicomic and unproductive sycophantic investigations in aid of politicking.

This sickening scandal among congressional mistresses is perhaps one of the basest examples of what these characters have turned our legislature into.

Foremost is that it is immediately a criminal violation of laws. One, written statutes on adultery, concubinage, bigamy, marital infidelity and psychological abuse crafted by legislators themselves. The other, a rule among decent and civilized men. The statutes on the conduct of all including civil servants impose a fit and proper requisite among public servants encompassing those from the president down to street-sweepers. Somewhere near the bottom are our lawmakers. Likewise, laws on decency need not be read nor written but must be enforced as a much as unwritten constitutions are.

This kulasisi scandal exposes a dishonest double standard among legislators and how they perceive themselves against the public that installed and funds them. Was it not fairly recent that they shamed themselves, giggling like prepubescent testosterone-challenged bullies revelling in the crassest language to berate a lady senator on what they described as her unusual relationship with someone they imagine was beneath her?

Ancient cultures would have condemned their illicit and shameful vices especially when literally exposed centerstage. Their kulasisi would have been stoned as penance. In our case, those involved justified home-breakers simply by declaring it commonplace, proudly defiant and describing sleazy extramarital dalliances as “kaligayahan” or bliss.

As the sovereign constituency, this is our fault. We earmark and waste billions from taxes to fatten the legislature, yet we mindlessly extol and install as lawmakers ethical miscreants who cannot discern right from wrong.
Rating: 
Average: 5 (2 votes)