November 23, 2017, 6:15 am
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07222 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23697 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.035 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34334 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02609 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.035 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03933 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.63992 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03265 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00741 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.27689 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02668 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13491 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06405 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28171 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20626 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 393.707 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03929 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0252 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01953 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.51721 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13055 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 59.27237 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.06096 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.84798 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42782 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.47748 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12472 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93215 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.25679 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26216 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34612 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53196 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01676 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0411 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01485 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01485 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.09043 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92566 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 176.89283 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14439 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.01731 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15359 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46264 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12608 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.21691 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.23442 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 266.33236 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06904 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28012 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.94985 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 692.86138 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03638 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.46903 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01391 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.2151 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03441 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.37082 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 78.99705 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.32547 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.69912 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.59685 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00593 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01613 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.50443 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 163.16618 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.60669 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.02262 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.44897 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2763 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05995 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0122 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02689 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18578 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34307 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.02635 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.80433 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 47.94494 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15822 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.90266 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6647 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30619 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.0885 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37348 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08155 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27622 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.00098 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60177 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16317 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03638 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02891 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00756 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06359 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06374 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06568 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07087 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 110.87513 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07473 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07785 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.16841 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.36755 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07374 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15449 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26735 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13097 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16686 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0267 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01486 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4367 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.85251 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.99312 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 410.64307 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17207 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.12743 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27624 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64562 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04905 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04547 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07723 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13037 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59133 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.93314 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51976 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.28811 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57699 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 158.89873 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19617 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 446.39136 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.10089 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05108 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.98368 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0531 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.988 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.98682 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.91504 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2763 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 102.05507 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.11701 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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