February 25, 2018, 5:47 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0709 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0666 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03436 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.38512 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0246 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03436 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03861 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.59981 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0307 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00727 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 33.8027 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01931 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02544 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13243 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06249 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01931 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24035 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18341 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 386.48649 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03857 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02437 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01807 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.38996 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12225 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.88417 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.92317 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01931 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.73147 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.39788 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.41371 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11689 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94363 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19764 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24563 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34054 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5251 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0157 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03853 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01381 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01382 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08607 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.90347 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 173.55213 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14162 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.93494 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15101 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45448 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11653 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.23243 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.90965 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 263.76448 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06723 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25268 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.85714 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 718.33978 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.93822 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.4222 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01364 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0617 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.96236 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.311 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.94981 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.70077 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.37452 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.76255 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00578 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01583 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.1749 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 159.87839 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.06178 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.99421 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.50386 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22268 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05886 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01198 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0257 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1777 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.32037 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.96332 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.79151 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 46.1583 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15547 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.75676 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.63514 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29614 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.77317 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35764 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07562 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22261 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.9112 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59556 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15133 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99853 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02647 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00743 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01931 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06266 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06071 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.13127 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06552 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 107.39382 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07027 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07302 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.08832 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.23803 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07239 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14989 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25792 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34575 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15762 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02545 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01382 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42869 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 147.2973 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.84942 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 384.74904 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16892 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.9417 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22262 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60579 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04633 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04271 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07317 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12974 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56444 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.35907 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52008 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 70.40541 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01931 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54923 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 157.72201 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 558.39769 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 438.97684 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.05502 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04818 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.28822 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05212 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.28822 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.87297 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.82336 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22278 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 100.1834 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.98649 Zimbabwe dollar

UN resolution on Myanmar

THE Philippines voted against a draft UN General Assembly resolution calling on Myanmar to end military operations against the Rohingya Muslims. It also calls for “full and unhindered humanitarian aid access and for Myanmar to grant full citizenship rights to the Rohingya”. 
The draft resolution will be debated in a plenary meeting of the General Assembly next month for a final decision. 
However, our Permanent Representat77ive to the UN in New York, Teodoro Locsin, Jr., said the Philippines should have abstained instead. He said he was in Manila for the Asean
 Summit when the voting took place in the Third Committee. 
His staff hadn’t briefed him on what was happening in the Third Committee before he left New York? Did he make his recommendation for abstention to the Home Office or instruct his deputy to do so at the appropriate time, but was overruled? No matter. That’s water under the bridge.
 “It will be different when it goes to plenary. I will push for abstention. It is the right thing…,” Locsin said.
Now, that’s a different story. 
Leaving aside the pros and the cons of a “no” vote or an “abstention”, it is my considered view that changing our vote 
in plenary to “abstention” may not be the “right thing” to do – that is, if the Department supports Locsin.
First off, it will definitely give the impression that there is dissension in the ranks and that our left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. That won’t be good for obvious reasons.
More importantly, it will make others wonder where the Duterte administration actually stands on UN interference in the domestic affairs of member states which is prohibited by the UN Charter.

THE FOREIGN
SERVICE ACT 

Can a president override provisions of a Republic Act passed by Congress?
I ask this because of the recent appointment of former presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella as an undersecretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Section 6 of Republic Act 7157, known as the Philippine Foreign Service Act of 1991 states:
 “SEC. 6. Undersecretaries.—Upon recommendation of the Secretary, the President shall appoint three (3) undersecretaries to advise and assist the Secretary in the formulation and implementation of the Department objectives and policies, and to coordinate and oversee the operational activities of the Department of Foreign Affairs.” 
Abella is now the sixth undersecretary in the Department! 
Does the above provision mean that the Secretary can recommend the appointment of more than three undersecretaries? If so, did Secretary Alan Cayetano do so?

DOTr USEC CHAVEZ 

Department of Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez irrevocably resigned over the recurring MRT glitches.
In his resignation letter, Chavez said “simple sense of delicadeza” gave him no choice but to resign.
 “I hope the President understands that in the light of recent events involving the MRT3 System, simple sense of delicadeza which I have adhered to throughout my professional life gives me no choice but to resign from my said position,” he said.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said he was “surprised” at Chavez’ resignation. 
Was he surprised at Chavez’s sense of delicadeza too?

ROQUE’S MRT RIDE

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said his ride in the MRT and LRT was “not that bad”. 
Natcherly, he took the ride not during rush hour; he didn’t have to queue up; but above all, there were no glitches like decoupling of the train, air-conditioning breakdown, sudden opening of doors, broken rail, sudden loss of power, etc., etc., etc. 
Some comments of commuters:
 “Nakakaabala”; “daming security at alalay”; “may hatak pang media”; “trabaho ba ng spokesman ‘yan?”; “stunt in aid of election?”; “naranasan kaya ni Mr. Roque ang makipagtulakan, mahipuan, o kaya e makaramdam ng takot tulad ng nararamdaman ng ordinaryong commuters tuwing sasakay ng tren? Kung hindi, his MRT experience is sooo kulang. Balik!! Dapat rush hour ha! 
At the end of his ride, Roque was quoted as saying that what was needed was “more MRT coaches and good maintenance service providers.” 
Huh?! Obvious ba? Everybody knows that!!!

NEW SENATE OFFICE 

Fourteen (14) senators voted to build a “world class” and “iconic” new home in Taguig City by 2020, according to Senator Panfilo Lacson, chair of the Senate accounts committee.
Are the honorable senators who voted for the resolution so uncomfortable in their present offices that they feel the need to move? 
I think their sense of timing sucks! 
For starters, P90 billion is needed for the rehabilitation of Marawi city and its inhabitants. That alone, surely, requires greater priority over the Senate’s move, considering the government’s meager resources.
If at all a new government building has to be constructed, it should be that “ghost-infested” presidential palace (?) by the stinking Pasig River. 
The official residence of the head of state or government, aside from the national emblem, is a national symbol of a country. It is, therefore, fitting and proper that it is one that the Filipino people could be proud of. 
Needless to say, any incumbent resident should be one too!

MAGUINDANAO
MASSACRE

Eight long years and nothing has happened so far in the trial of those accused of perpetrating one of the worst crimes in recent memory – the Maguindanao Massacre of 58 people, 32 of them journalists.
And if the proposal of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for the abolition of the Court of Appeals does not prosper, will the crow turn white before those guilty are made to pay for their grievous sin?
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte aka Digong has vowed to help the victims’ relatives for an early conviction of the guilty ones.
Let’s watch what happens.

KIDS IN THE SENATE

Kids “took over” the Senate in celebration of World Children’s Day 2017 last week.
For an hour, they expressed their concerns and called on legislators and policymakers to attend to the issues directly affecting them.
I wouldn’t have minded at all if they took over the Senate permanently. Not one of them, I’m sure, has any insidious agenda.
*** 
Today is the 208th 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.
***
From an internet friend:
A 72-year old man had one hobby - he loved to fish. 
He was sitting in his boat the other day when he heard a voice say, “Pick me up.” 
He looked around and couldn’t see anyone. He thought he was dreaming when he heard the voice say again, “Pick me up.” 
He looked in the water and there, floating on the top, was a frog. The man said, “Are you talking to me?” 
The frog said, “Yes, I’m talking to you. Pick me up, then kiss me and I’ll turn into the most beautiful woman you have ever seen. I’ll make sure that all your friends are envious and jealous, because I will be your bride!” 
The man looked at the frog for a short time, reached over, picked it up carefully and placed it in his shirt pocket. 
The frog said, “What, are you, nuts? Didn’t you hear what I said?” I said, “Kiss me and I will be your beautiful bride.” 
He opened his pocket, looked at the frog and said, “Nah. At my age, I’d rather have a talking frog.”
*** 
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Column of the Day

Rappler’s continuing saga

By DAHLI ASPILLERA | February 23,2018
‘Without a court TRO against the SEC ruling, Rappler’s accreditation in Malacañang was considered revoked.” – Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra.’

Opinion of the Day

Duterte does not understand media’s role in a democracy

By ELLEN TORDESILLAS | February 23, 2018
‘This is funny if it didn’t violate the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press.’