February 18, 2018, 3:10 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07035 UAE Dirham
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0341 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37852 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02417 Australian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06189 Brazilian Real
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1 Philippine Peso = 11.3659 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12153 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.27203 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.83966 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 Cuban Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.33716 Egyptian Pound
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01543 Euro
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01366 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01366 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08656 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89866 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.37548 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14054 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.9364 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14982 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45019 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11447 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.21437 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.80326 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 259.67432 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06787 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.23063 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.68199 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 709.84673 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91667 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.39444 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01355 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03307 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.93774 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.30544 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.53257 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.57567 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.24138 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.41552 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00573 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01571 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.12088 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.62069 Lao Kip
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.97165 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.44272 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22308 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01189 Latvian Lat
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.31734 Moldovan Leu
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1 Philippine Peso = 25.42146 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.82375 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15425 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.68582 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61303 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29828 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.66743 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35467 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07454 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22274 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.87739 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59195 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14901 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 1.96697 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02593 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00737 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06225 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06025 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11398 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0642 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.68774 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06973 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07198 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.08044 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.10153 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07184 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14875 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25546 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34393 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15255 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02511 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01367 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4254 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.16858 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.76628 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 378.35439 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16762 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.86552 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22276 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59923 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04546 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04238 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07167 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12904 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.55669 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.02682 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51715 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.38697 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01916 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54521 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 156.47509 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 477.73945 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 434.75095 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01916 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04802 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.11303 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05172 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.11303 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.81628 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.78831 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22279 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.41571 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.93295 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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