June 18, 2018, 7:24 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06887 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01763 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03375 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52595 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02519 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03338 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0375 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.56891 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03163 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00708 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 32.83293 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02508 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12845 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06994 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26852 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19282 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 375.39846 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03746 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02475 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0187 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.85955 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12072 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.23964 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.57585 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.78136 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41526 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.32833 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1203 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92481 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19301 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25282 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33377 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51078 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01616 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03862 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01411 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01411 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08774 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.8783 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 168.7418 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13756 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.86799 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14715 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44823 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11904 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.22745 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.20533 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 261.11007 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06788 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27862 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.20139 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 793.5496 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01763 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.42115 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01329 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07454 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.89293 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28161 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 75.86537 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.83274 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 16.87605 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.66229 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00567 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01538 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.31164 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 157.15357 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.23364 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.99081 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.62835 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2522 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05717 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01164 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02542 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17853 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31382 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.9715 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.27658 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.11532 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15157 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.65667 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65479 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29196 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.37802 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.38672 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0747 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2516 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.71292 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58522 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15276 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03846 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02698 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00722 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06144 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05887 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23233 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06922 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 105.94412 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06825 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07529 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18378 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.92781 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07032 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1483 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25162 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33668 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16475 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02532 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01412 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41639 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 148.88431 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.53816 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 395.79974 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16407 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.65648 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25162 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61204 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04892 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04288 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08861 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12572 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56497 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.52766 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49372 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.94825 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01875 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59066 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 148.13426 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1496.34352 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 427.78924 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02025 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04811 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.58541 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05063 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.58541 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91656 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.68498 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25181 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 97.30921 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.78605 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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