Business and Economy

Bets for president, VP, senator
splurge P5.8B in May 2016 polls

ELECTIONS 2016’s 50 candidates for national office and the political parties that fielded them spent P5.8 billion across the 90-day campaign period, PCIJ has found in its review of documents submitted to the country’s poll body.But small and big discrepancies clutter the election-spending reports that the five candidates for president, six for vice president, and […]

Campaign finance in May 2016

Bask in name recall, spend a mite:
Or how Duterte’s kids win elections

CANDIDATES IN Philippine elections usually complain about what many of them say are outdated, low campaign-spending caps. But the Dutertes of Davao City apparently have no problem with spending limits – at least when they’re running in their family’s political turf.As a mayoralty candidate of Davao City in the 2016 elections, Sara Duterte-Carpio spent only […]

Campaign finance in May 2016

Pasay City bets for mayor deflate,
omit key election expense items

ONE OF them was determined to keep his post while the other two wanted to wrest from him the title of Mayor of Pasay City, one of the smallest cities in Metro Manila but which is nevertheless classified as first-class in terms of income. Yet Jose Antonio F. Roxas, Jorge C. del Rosario, and Antonino […]

Campaign finance in May 2016

Iloilo City bets for mayor fail
to report full bill for radio ads

IN THEIR bid to be Iloilo City’s chief executive from 2016 to 2019, then incumbent Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog (Liberal Party) and Dr. Marigold Gonzalez (Independent, but with support from the United Nationalist Alliance) staged a costly advertising war that later ran into a total of more than P1 million for radio spots alone. Yet […]

Slow, steady progress on campaign finance

Only 54 overspenders of 44,600 bets in May 2016

ONE WOULD think that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should be happy that the number of candidates who went over the prescribed campaign spending limits in last year’s elections plunged drastically from the 2013 figure. But that doesn’t seem to be the case, with the poll body’s Campaign Finance Office (CFO), saying it is still […]

Health, nutrition, and our children

ON June 25, 1974, or exactly 43 years ago, the late strongman President Ferdinand E. Marcos issued Presidential Decree No. 491 or The Nutrition Act of the Philippines. By this edict, the National Nutrition Council was created and the month of July declared as Nutrition Month. Yet still, malnutrition continues to stalk Filipino children five […]

PCIJ asks PNP, PDEA, DDB: Why
inflate, deflate, reboot numbers?

IN A SERIES recently, PCIJ conducted separate, extended interviews with senior officials of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB).Our goal: Get their side on specific questions about the numbers, conduct, impact, and confusing concepts and narratives of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s war on drugs.The on-cam […]

Innocent until proven guilty, yes!
Guilty until proven innocent, no!

BY LAW, only certain acts or actions are clear grounds for any citizen to be investigated, arrested, or compelled to surrender, despite the vigorous push by the Duterte administration to crack down on illegal drugs use and abuse.In free and democratic societies, the time-honored principle of due process upholds a person’s innocence, until he or […]

PCIJ findings: What’s flawed,
fuzzy with drug war numbers?

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has repeatedly said that drugs are the root of society’s many ills. He also seems to see drugs everywhere and in almost anything, even in the ongoing conflict in Marawi. Yet even as his administration’s controversial war against illegal drugs continues to claim lives, it has also spawned a side battle […]

#RealNumbersPH unreal,
inexact, locked in riddles

IT HAS been branded to be the true, the good, if not so beautiful, official report on the war on drugs of the Duterte administration over the last 11 months.Launched last May 2, #RealNumbersPH is now the government’s unitary report on the virulent drug war of the Inter-Agency Committee on Illegal Drugs or ICAD, which […]

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