December 13, 2017, 7:36 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07286 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.2371 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03532 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34185 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02619 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03532 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03968 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.64127 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0329 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00748 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.73174 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0268 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13611 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06556 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27679 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20509 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 397.22221 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03964 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02545 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01965 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 13.01091 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13129 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 59.76786 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.15079 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.85774 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43159 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.50853 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12539 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95833 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.2829 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26354 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35337 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53936 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01684 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04169 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01486 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01487 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08926 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93552 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 178.63095 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14558 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.02202 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1549 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46552 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12694 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24167 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.29563 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.1865 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07009 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27806 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.49306 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 705.13886 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06944 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.47282 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01405 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.25091 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04067 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.38333 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.98016 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.15476 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.85714 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.5879 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00599 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01627 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.64028 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 164.68253 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.98016 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.0371 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.48373 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26984 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06049 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01231 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02708 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18758 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34038 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.03175 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.00397 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.25754 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15954 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.97619 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.67083 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30893 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.20853 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37825 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08082 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26978 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.06349 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60937 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16524 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0454 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02854 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00763 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06416 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06375 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.16171 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07086 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.49603 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07223 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07805 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.16704 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.57698 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0744 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15376 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26488 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13228 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16689 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02681 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01487 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4406 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 151.38888 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.05159 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 412.7976 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17361 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.21786 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26978 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64663 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0499 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04555 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07593 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13154 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59567 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.30555 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53914 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.66666 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57401 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 160.53571 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19792 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 450.57538 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11786 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05142 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 11.04186 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05357 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 11.51528 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99881 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.95933 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26986 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 102.96627 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.18056 Zimbabwe dollar

Trashy Trudeau and toothy Ardern

THEY were the youngest among the heads of government who came for the just-concluded Asean and Related Summits.
They were also the rudest!
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, instead of apologizing to his host about the inexplicable delay of two bloody long years in taking action on the trash that his country merrily dumped on our shores several years ago simply dished out more trashy talk about legal barriers against taking the trash back.
They should have thought about the international legal barriers before exporting their trash to another country!
Trashy Trudeau also broke one cardinal rule of common courtesy – one does not insult his host. He bragged about telling our President, and I mean the president of all Filipinos including his critics, about the alleged, repeat, alleged extrajudicial killings (EJKs) and human rights abuses in the war against illegal drugs. 
He is lucky he didn’t get a mouthful of expletives from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong. That’s politeness for you, Mr. Trashy Trudeau. One doesn’t insult his guest either.
Later, at a press conference Digong said he told Trudeau, “I will not explain” the alleged EJKs and human rights abuses in the drug campaign. 
 “It is a personal and official insult… When you are a foreigner, you do not know exactly what is happening in this country. You do not even investigate… I said, ‘why don’t you investigate first and find out the truth’,” he added.
I think it’s time Digong told Trudeau what he can do with whatever it is his government gives us by way of grants and assistance, the same way he told the EU.
Obviously, Trudeau thinks that having a pretty face and a knack for cheap publicity stunts make for a good statesman. How moronic! 
Well, he is the same pretty boy who rudely and brusquely shoved aside a fellow parliamentarian, a woman, in Canada’s parliament not too long ago.

CANADA’S EAST ASIA
SUMMIT APPLICATION 

I understand Canada has a pending application for membership in the East Asia Summit which is comprised of all the ten Asean members, plus Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and the United States. 
Canada is right now a mere observer in the group.
“Taken together, Asean would easily be our sixth largest trading partner. Asean’s 640 million people is twice as much as the United States… Canada is a Pacific country, and we want to be able to engage in broader issues of policy such as development and human rights,” Trudeau said.

Human rights?! Basic decency prevents me from calling the fellow worse names than “trashy”.
I would be very interested to know what our government’s position is on Canada’s application. And, indeed, the other Asean governments’.

NEW ZEALAND’S ARDERN 

As for toothy Jacinda Ardern, the 37-year-old newly elected prime minister of New Zealand, it is obvious she has a lot to learn about common courtesy, not to mention being a good politician. Forget about being a good statesman. I don’t think she possesses the right qualities to be one. I wouldn’t be surprised if she doesn’t last very long as the top dog (bitch?) in her country. 
Instead of simply saying thank you for the barong that was made especially for her, all she would say was that the “silly” shirt is “scratchy” and “quite starched” and that she wouldn’t be caught sniffing it on camera.
Geeezzz, how rude!!!
As any teacher in etiquette will tell you, good manners means remembering your “Ps” and “Qs” (That’s for “PleaseS” and “Thank Yous”).
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Following are excerpts from a piece written by a Thai veteran journalist on regional affairs of the Bangkok Post, Kavi Chongkittavorn, about Digong’s role in the Asean and Related Summits last week:
“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has upended regional diplomacy and his country’s ties with major powers. He put Asean on the map on par with the superpowers during the past 429 days to be exact, from Sept. 28, 2016 to today (Nov. 14). He will pass the baton to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday…
“Indeed, Mr. Duterte has shifted power politics in the region, by default or design, as no other Asean leaders have done before. He did not follow any rules and remained unpredictable throughout his Asean chairmanship. Despite the verdict on the South China Sea conflict by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in favor of the Philippines, Mr. Duterte decided to play the outcome the way he wanted to – by befriending China to the bewilderment of his country, allies and friends. In the process, he took the bull by the horn and turned it around to his advantage. Mr. Duterte has a lightning rod in his hands, which he can use anytime…
 “The dramatic improvement of Philippine-China ties also has rendered positive impacts on overall Asean-China cooperation over the ongoing negotiations on the code of conduct in the South China Sea. Even though China has rejected the PCA’s decision, it would continue to serve as an invisible barometer regarding China’s behavior in regional and international politics. Lest we forget, at the 49th Asean Foreign Ministerial Meeting in Laos in July 2016, hot on the heels of the PCA’s judgment, and at the 28th Asean summit in Laos last year, Asean deliberately embedded the full respect for legal and diplomatic process as the norm to conduct ties with China…
“Obviously, after six years of hardline policy during the former Aquino administration, China is now feeling more comfortable about responding to Asean collectively in positive ways without the much feared perception that it is doing so due to pressure from Washington. Chaired by the Philippines, Asean centrality has been strengthened simply because Mr. Duterte decided to opt for cooperation rather confrontation…
“…However, one truly Asean issue that Manila should be given lots of credit for is the migration of workers. Manila has pushed hard for the signing of the Asean Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers, which has been in the making for the past decade…
“Indeed, it has been an eventful year filled with fun and fanfare – for Asean, which is fitting for its 50th anniversary. The Philippines has proved once again the grouping’s character and demeanor is still very much hinged on the confidence and intuition of whoever holds the chair.”
As a Filipino who has many friends in Thailand, after having lived there for many years as a young diplomat and later as ambassador, I would like to thank Mr. Chongkittavorn for the kind words for President Duterte.
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Today is the 201st 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.
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From an internet friend:
A preacher went to his church office on Monday morning and discovered a dead mule (jackass to the knowing) in the churchyard. He called the police. Since there did not appear to be any foul play, the police referred the preacher to the health department. They said since there was no health threat that he should call the sanitation department. 
The sanitation manager said he could not pick up the mule without authorization from the mayor. 
Now, the preacher knew the mayor, and was not to eager to call him. The mayor had a bad temper and was generally hard to deal with, but the preacher called him anyway. 
The mayor did not disappoint. He immediately began to rant and rave at the pastor and finally said, “Why did you call me anyway? Isn’t it your job to bury the dead?” 
The preacher replied: “Yes, Mayor, it is my job to bury the dead, but I always like to notify the next of kin first!”
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