September 23, 2017, 2:35 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07205 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19737 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03473 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33883 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02472 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03508 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03924 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.60624 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03223 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0074 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.03414 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01962 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02647 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13537 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06149 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01962 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26104 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20051 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 392.78006 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03919 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02419 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01905 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.25231 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12921 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 57.14342 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.22072 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01962 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.81263 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42857 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.49225 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12231 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92211 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19774 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25715 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34589 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45831 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01644 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03953 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01454 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01447 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08679 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.87895 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 174.63213 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14311 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.97705 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15314 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45756 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12286 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.19973 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.08986 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 260.48656 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0688 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27132 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.89582 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 658.62271 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.10712 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.56229 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01388 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.20489 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02178 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.3433 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.4585 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.05435 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.65745 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 22.18972 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00592 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01609 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.67785 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 162.84088 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.53698 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.99588 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.29351 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26015 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05981 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01217 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02654 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18329 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34501 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.00647 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.68236 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.14597 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15773 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 7.0826 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65097 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30135 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.05376 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34969 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08232 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2598 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.92564 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58623 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15332 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01197 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02683 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00755 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01962 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06369 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06268 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06494 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07028 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.25171 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07269 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0755 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.13354 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.2576 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07357 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15204 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2669 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13067 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15655 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02649 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01455 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43567 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 147.14538 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.928 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 402.77613 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17167 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.10359 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2598 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64921 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04791 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0432 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06876 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13239 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59217 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.90818 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51422 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 70.57092 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01962 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56582 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 158.34804 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19569 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 445.73278 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0155 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04907 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.773 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05297 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.75142 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.95017 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.90386 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25991 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 101.81479 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.10025 Zimbabwe dollar

South Korean investors

MY heart skips a bit whenever I learn of the appointment of a political ambassador to one of our diplomatic posts abroad. This is because I used to be a member of the career Foreign Service corps in a previous incarnation. 
After going through the most difficult and rigorous government examination there is, the Foreign Service Officer examination, it is but natural for a successful examinee to aspire for and hope that one day, after some twenty years later, s/he would be appointed as an ambassador even to the most difficult post abroad. In many cases, this dream remained unrealized because of the appointment of so many political ambassadors.
There are posts that are “traditionally” given to political appointees such as the one in Washington. Other “juicy” posts like the UN in New York, Beijing, Tokyo, London and other capitals in Western Europe like Budapest, Lisbon, Prague and Rome have at one time or another been manned by political appointees. To be fair, some of them were good but others certainly were not. Often, the suspicion is that some of them allegedly got their appointments for millions of reasons, so to speak.
I, for one, concede that this practice is perhaps unavoidable for political or other considerations. However, as I have been advocating over the years, there are posts that must be manned by trained, experienced and deserving professionals only – like those in Asean capitals and permanent missions to the UN.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong has already named political ambassadors to Myanmar and Singapore. Fortunately, the one named for Brunei did not make it through the Commission on Appointments.

‘ANAK NG DIYOS’

Of late, the Foreign Office is abuzz with informal information (alright, call it rumor) that a retired, later recycled as the incumbent undersecretary for administration, is eying the post in Argentina. This was after a couple of also retired and recycled career officers were relieved from their position as undersecretaries in the Department.
This informal information, if it turns out to be true and the person concerned is appointed, will make my heart skip a bit too. She would then belong to the genre of political ambassadors.
This retired officer has been derisively referred to as “anak ng Diyos” during her entire career in the Department. She had always gotten what she wanted in terms of postings abroad and in the Home Office. For what reason, nobody seems to know, except that she belongs “kuno” to a well-connected political family.
Foreign Secretary Alan Cayetano may wish to take note of this. If this retired officer again gets what she wants, it will definitely cause demoralization in the Department. 
In a previous column, I pleaded with Digong to “please do not destroy the Foreign Service”. I wish to reiterate that plea.

SOUTH KOREAN
INVESTORS

A bit of disturbing news that did not seem to have caught the attention of the relevant government authorities is the recent revelation of the Korean Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines president Ho Ik Lee.
Many Korean companies, according to Lee, are leaving the country for a couple of reasons – the higher cost of doing business and the lack of incentives in the country. They have begun to close down their Philippine offices to transfer to Vietnam. Ouch!
What Lee did not mention, perhaps so as not to embarrass us, is the lack of infrastructure and the problem of corruption, particularly in the Bureau of Customs (BOC). A couple of South Korean friends, both businessmen, have told me that the number of signatures and documents required at the BOC is horrendous, not to mention the red tape they encounter in other relevant government agencies. 
I have seen how Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand caught up with us and even surpassed us. And now Vietnam too?! 
I am almost certain that firms from other countries with investments here are also experiencing the same woes. Pretty soon, they too will start leaving if we do not address the problems they encounter pronto.
Speaking of the South Koreans, have you seen how they deal with corruption? 
Witness how swiftly they recently deposed a president for alleged corruption! 
And the heir of the gigantic firm, Samsung, being sent to jail for five years for bribery!
The pace with which they dispense justice, regardless of the political position or financial status of individuals involved, is truly phenomenal compared to the glacial pace of our justice system.

MEDDLING
FOREIGNERS… AGAIN!

The news report that three representatives of the so-called Council for Asian Liberals and Democrats visited incarcerated Sen. Leila de Lima made me curse ala Digong.
To begin with, why were they allowed to visit De Lima? What business is it of theirs to tell us what to do with her? Such a thing will never happen in any Asean country, for instance. 
Listen to what one of these nitwits had to say: “We have a lot of respect for her (De Lima) and, of course, we talked to many Filipinos and we think that she has been treated very unjustly and we do not know why she is in detention. She is the people’s representative.”
What???!!! 
 “We talked to many Filipinos” – How many? How long did they stay here?
 “We do not know why she is in detention.” - What the heck! They don’t even know why after talking to “many Filipinos”?!
 “She is the people’s representative.” – Have they read or heard of “many Filipinos” protesting her incarceration. 
I believe the government should henceforth not allow any meddling foreigner to visit or much less interview De Lima. 

BAUTISTA, MORALES
AND SERENO

All of a sudden, there seems to be a news blackout on the impeachment case against Comelec chairman Andres Bautista. What gives?
And now, there is the impeachment case against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. 
If both cases prosper in the House of Representatives, the Senate, for the first time in its history, will have to deal with two impeachment cases. Maybe even three. The Volunteer Against Crime and Corruption says it will soon file an impeachment case against Ombudsman Conchita Morales.
I guess that would be better than having to watch and listen to the vaudevillian spectacle that has been inordinately inflicted on us for the last two weeks on the Bureau of Customs fiasco. 
Puro na lang hearings in both chambers in aid of legislation, kuno. Wala namang nangyayari. Our honorable legislators should for a change busy themselves with doing work more deserving of their time and effort – yes, such as impeaching unworthy constitutional officers.
*** 
Today is the 123rd day of the eleventh year of the enforced disappearance of Jonas Burgos, son of the late press icon and founder of this newspaper.
The family and friends of Jonas hope that the Duterte administration will exert serious efforts to find and haul the perpetrators of Jonas’ disappearance to justice.
*** 
From an internet friend:
An elderly couple, Margaret and Bert, moved to Wyoming, Bert always wanted a pair of authentic cowboy boots, so, seeing some on sale, he bought them and wore them home. Walking proudly, he sauntered into the kitchen and said to his wife, “Notice anything different about me?” 
Margaret looked him over, “Nope.” Frustrated, Bert stormed off into the bathroom, undressed and walked back into the kitchen completely naked except for the boots. 
Again he asked Margaret, a little louder this time, “Notice anything different now?” 
Margaret looked up and said in her best deadpan, “Bert, what’s different? It’s hanging down today, it was hanging down yesterday, it’ll be hanging down tomorrow.” 
Furious, Bert yelled, “And do you know why it’s hanging down?”
“Nope, not a clue”, she replied.
“It’s hanging down, because it’s looking at my new boots!
Without missing a beat Margaret replied, “Shoulda bought a hat, Bert, shoulda bought a hat...” 
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