June 25, 2018, 3:59 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

The waste produced by impeachment

Trust government to craft a politically motivated process that not only protects the plumpest posteriors but is also the most economically expensive, time-consuming political waste management protocol heaped on an over-taxed public already victimized by a profusion of politics. 

The wishy washy controversies involving the “here-today, gone-tomorrow” impeachment of the Commission on Elections   chairman is a case in point. 

While his timely  resignation  is not immediately effective, impeachment proceedings will continue so that he may, at the end, be removed from office. As confusing as that sounds, it makes sense to our congressmen. It makes sense even in the face of the remaining legislative calendar that forces a completed process inside a few days in between recesses, holidays and solon sloth.

To understand their rationale, it bears analyzing their objectives.

Recent history teaches us that impeachment can be used as a political weapon against imagined opposition where politicians have distorted a device once meant to be applied only on the extreme. Indeed, what was intended as a constitutional process for cleansing the bureaucracy through impeachment protocols has warped into nothing more than a sewage treatment facility through which operate the filthiest sieves that collect garbage, and relay these to noxious cisterns better left to our lesser graphic imaginations.

Today its objective is neither truth nor justice. Designed simply to remove an impeachable officer from the president down to a select group of officials, a political virus now replicates, infects and corrupts its septic capillaries. From the time it is endorsed at the Lower House through a partisan congressman, to the final trial in the Senate where the most ill-equipped act as judges, the exercise is 100 percent  political and all that “political” connotes.

Note how the recent Comelec fiasco seemed like a page from a kitschy telenovela playbook. Initially attracting the most colloquial with its unique witch’s brew of gossip, sleaze and politics among which there is technically no profound difference, this variety show attracted the voyeur in everyone.

Unfortunately, the accusations and the timing carry the gravest undertones for a downward-spiraling democracy already victimized by creeping authoritarianism.

One, the credibility of the 2016 mandate for the vice presidency remains in question along separate fronts. The criticality and the credibility of the Comelec is being challenged from two flanks. One, the slimmest margins founding an electoral protest.

Another, a questionable technology provider with dotted-line ties to the impeached Comelec official.

Two, the impeached Comelec chairman oversaw the elections that placed his impeachment accusers in the very positions that enable them to now determine his fate. This perverse parasite-client tit-for-tat might have extended beyond 2016 as his original mandate would have him oversee a second run.

Three, the partisanship lines have been clearly drawn. Partisanship, albeit flatly denied, infests the impeachment process. It does not take a rocket scientist to determine who is on whose political side.

Given that there are a number of parallel impeachment charges threatened against similarly high officials in other agencies where partisanship is charged, it behooves us to review the impeachment protocol using cost benchmarks. After all, we, the captive and captivated audience, whether disgusted by these clowns or entertained by them, are footing the bill to fund this grand political sewage and waste treatment facility.

Note the cost to initiate an impeachment. To file a complaint against a public official typically requires money. Against an impeachable officer it requires a member of congress. From square one the high cost of political partisanship starts -- denominated both in compromised values and underpriced principles.

Two, processes are required which multiply the viral political gene exponentially -- validity as to form and validity as to substance. The Comelec chairman was impeached on the basis of the first. Both however require the collective brainpower of the House Committee on Justice, their total man-hours and efforts which are akin to an army of traffic enforcers manning a mere four-corner intersection. It’s operationally inefficient but, from a certain perspective, economically lucrative.

Because the committee need not conduct hearings to determine validity, the sham turns costlier. Costs are expended to produce unsubstantiated, un-deliberated and un-debated garbage. Do the math. When this reaches the plenary multiply the costly compromises inflicted by a factor equivalent to two-thirds of the Lower House.

Add exponential opportunity losses, the cost of media time and space, live televised coverages, public relations budgets, paid press releases, social networking brigades, trolling and blogging to these redundant costs. Add even more man-hours wasted and values compromised for political partisanships when the impeachment reaches the Senate where sit un-qualified, inexperienced make-believe judges dressed to the nines in robes, ruling very simply on whether an impeached officer should or should not continue in his position.

In the specific instance at hand, if removal from office has been mooted and is not the objective, then what’s the point save for engaging in public sliming?

Genuine statutory accountability is addressed only in the real courts where more redundancy repeats; where rules differ; where real prosecutors and judges operate; and where genuine and justifiable judgment can overturn the purely partisan results of an impeachment. 

Obviously, there is no sewage treatment facility in the world as inherently dirty if not as costly and operated by the most un-qualified.
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