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Public order, safety, and drugs:
Weary, wicked, wretched data

WILL THE NATION see the return of a virulent war on drugs? Nine days after he issued a memorandum placing the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as the “sole agency” in charge of the drug war, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said at a forum of overseas Filipino workers last Oct. 19: “You have been downgrading […]

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Data Privacy Act ‘not a subterfuge’
to redact SALNs – NPC Chair Liboro

THE DATA PRIVACY ACT “is not meant to serve as a subterfuge to prevent the processing and/or disclosure of personal information sanctioned under law.”This, according to Chairman Raymund E. Liboro of the National Privacy Commission (NPC) is a core principle that should inform the discourse on the right to information of citizens to get true […]

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Can 'privacy' trump transparency?

SALNs to impeach CJ, other execs
but Palace redacts Cabinet SALNs

A CHIEF JUSTICE was impeached in 2012 for failure to declare the true and detailed list of condo units he owned, and pesos and dollars he had in banks.Ten years prior, a President was forced out of the Palace for collecting millions in kickbacks and commissions from state contracts and excise taxes, as well as […]

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SALNs of Cabinet members:
An epidemic of redactions

MORE THAN a year after President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed the Freedom of Information executive order, a practice completely reverse of the policy has been creeping onto some documents requested by the public. The likely tool for the unexpected move: a black marker.Redactions on items declared by Cabinet officials in their Statements of Assets, Liabilities, […]

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Unexplained wealth, redacted?

TO REDACT or not to redact. Which could avoid or attract scrutiny and censure?Redactions are not the only issue that could arise if public officials would shade or black out the true, detailed, and complete facts of their wealth.Big and small discrepancies in the content of SALNs they have filed across periods of time could […]

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