June 26, 2018, 12:56 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06901 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02912 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03401 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5072 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02524 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03345 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03758 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.57159 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03155 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00712 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 32.90079 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02526 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1289 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07111 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28053 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19402 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 376.17437 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03754 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02493 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01856 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.99061 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12218 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.75385 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.57591 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.77772 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41526 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.33615 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12016 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92728 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.1963 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25225 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33484 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51146 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01612 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03918 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01416 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01417 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08979 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.87956 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 169.07178 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14072 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.87599 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14741 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44878 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11882 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24803 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.23224 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 264.43067 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06764 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27568 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.24728 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 798.38407 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03119 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.45509 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01333 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06417 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.89121 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28183 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.00526 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.92522 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 16.91094 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.86622 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00568 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01541 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.38595 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.00451 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.292 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.98572 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.74709 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25254 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05728 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01166 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02548 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1786 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3177 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.98891 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.98647 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.97896 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15183 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.67042 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65295 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29256 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.4053 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37584 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07518 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25239 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.72679 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59207 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15205 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03401 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02719 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00723 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06134 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0609 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.28222 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06966 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.55769 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06839 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07509 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.18236 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.96073 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07046 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1479 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25235 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33738 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16635 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02551 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01417 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41725 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.94363 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.72905 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 394.98309 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16441 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.67644 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25202 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61856 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04882 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04333 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08786 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12682 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56924 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.63435 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49267 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 72.51597 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01879 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59451 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 147.50094 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1499.4363 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 430.10147 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07159 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0488 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.56614 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05073 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.56614 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.92165 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.69466 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25241 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 97.51033 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.80008 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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