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Puzzling personal spenders

SALNs and SOCEs of some bets don’t add up

IN AN increasingly gloomy world, it may be wise to choose the positive when presented with a myriad of possibilities. So when politicians plunk down considerable amounts of their own fortunes just to run for public office, perhaps it is really because they believe they can make a difference and do a lot of good. […]

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Campaign Finance Office in drift, headless

P334M from only 13 donors
funded Duterte’s presidency

THE IMAGE Rodrigo R. Duterte projected of his 2016 presidential campaign was that it was one run on a shoestring budget. It supposedly had no donors with vested interests, and that included big businessmen and mining firms. But the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) he filed with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) after he […]

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Campaign finance and the 2016 elections

Donors, Inc.: Only 830 Filipinos
bankrolled poll bid of 5 prez bets

IN 2010, PCIJ reported that only 308 donors contributed in the presidential race that Benigno Aquino III won. In the last presidential elections, where Rodrigo R. Duterte emerged as victor, that number has shot up to 830. Then again, there were nearly 56 million registered voters when the May 2016 elections took place, which makes […]

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Thou shall not donate

BY ALL indications, the May 2016 elections are no different from previous polls in which those donating to the campaign coffers of candidates and political parties turn out to be the same business owners and executives yet again. In past elections, the names of the prohibited corporations themselves were listed in the Statement of Contributions […]

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The Death of Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.

Photos tell 2 stories: Shootout or rubout?

LEYTE –- As authorities seem to be standing pat on their claim that a shootout occurred between Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and the operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 8 at the sub-provincial jail in Baybay, Leyte before dawn on Nov. 5, photos provided by a police insider to PCIJ appear […]

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