Governance

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 […]

Independents, Liberal Party bets top list

3,937 candidates in May 2016
did not file poll expense reports

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte is already on his second year as the country’s chief executive, but the polls that clinched him that post continue to bedevil the Commission on Elections (Comelec) – and with reason. Indeed, despite giving the candidates in the May 2016 elections a controversial three-week extension to submit their respective election-spending reports, […]

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 […]

Decoding Duterte’s drug war:
What the terms mean in law

THE LAWS and official documents abound with terms and concepts that are sometimes easy and clear, but often vague and difficult, to fathom. But it is by their letter and intent that the virulent war on drugs of the Duterte administration must be implemented by the authorities, and must be understood by the citizens.Let us […]

The drug war: Cop talk and protocols

THEY ARE supposed to be officers of the law, their protocols strict and specific on what they can and cannot do, and how they must do things. But the Philippine National Police, the lead force in the virulent war on drugs of the Duterte administration, must live and lead by their own rules, and the […]

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