Indigenous Peoples

The ruins of Marawi

A year after ‘liberation’,
Meranaws await rehabilitation

Click to view: MarawiLiberated, 17oct18MARAWI CITY – The groundbreaking for the government’s ambitious rehabilitation of this city was supposed to take place today, the first anniversary of Marawi’s “liberation” from the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group that had laid siege on it last year. Last October 14, however, Falconi Millar, head of the Task Force Bangon […]

In pictures: Anyare, Marawi?

EXACTLY A YEAR AGO today, President Rodrigo R. Duterte declared the “liberation” of the Islamic City of Marawi City from the clutches of Islamist militants.But before that happened, in five months starting May 2017, soldiers and policemen carpet-bombed and reduced Marawi to a massive wasteland.Twelve months had lapsed since Duterte declared Marawi “liberated” on Oct. […]

Bangon Marawi? Rush to seal deals
locked in delay, confusion, funds lack

SINCE last May, the task force leading the government’s efforts to rebuild the Islamic City of Marawi in Lanao del Sur has been setting and resetting groundbreaking rites for a multibillion-peso, 22-component project under its “minimum scope of work” in the 250-hectare “conflict zone” or the city’s “most affected area” (MAA). Task Force Bangon Marawi […]

The PowerChina puzzle: Newly registered
‘domestic firm’ bids for P17-B Marawi deal

LAST JULY 2, after being declared ineligible to bid for the multibillion-peso contract to rebuild Marawi City’s conflict zone or “most affected area (MAA),” a consortium led by a China state-owned enterprise filed a motion for reconsideration with the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM).As of this writing, the Task Force has yet to decide with […]

The Tripoli Agreement of 1976: Lessons,
impact on the Mindanao peace process

A FORTNIGHT AGO on July 27, 2018, President Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) that was finalized by the Senate and the House of Representatives bicameral conference committee, and which enrolled some amendments to the draft submitted by the Bangsamoro Transition Committee. A ceremonial signing event was held on […]

SONA Antemortem, Postmortem

Duterte’s 3rd: What The People
Would Have Wanted to Hear

A FORTNIGHT AGO, a policy forum on the state of “Democracy and Governance in the Philippines: Deficit, Surplus, and Unfinished Business” was conducted by the PCIJ, in partnership with the Office of the Ombudsman of the Philppines and the Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition.To flesh out inputs from the resources persons — Ombudsman Conchita […]

Democracy & Governance: Deficit, Surplus, Unfinished Business

State of the PH in 2018: Why
Must We Live Within the Truth?

WHAT has happened to civil and political rights, and the rule of law, under two years of the Duterte administration? What follows is the speech of Atty. Jose Manuel I. Diokno, dean of De La Salle University’s College of Law and national chairman of the Free Legal Assistance Group, at the forum on “Democracy and […]

Democracy & Governance: Deficit, Surplus, Unfinished Business

State of the PH in 2018: The Insulted Economy

WHAT is the true state of the economy, and the status of economic and policy reforms, under two years of the Duterte administration? What follows is the presentation, by text and graphics, of Dr. Emmanuel S. de Dios of the University of the Philippines School of Economics, at the forum on “Democracy and Governance in […]

PCIJ Primer: Unpacking Federalism

Stats on the state of the regions:
Who will rule? Send in the clans

A “SELF-EXECUTING” ban on political dynasties is supposedly one of the crown jewels of the draft constitution for the pitch to shift to a federal system of government. It is paired with a proposed ban on turncoatism, or candidates changing political parties between elections or during election campaigns.These are supposed to limit the opportunities for […]

A PCIJ Primer: Unpacking Federalism

Stats on the state of the regions:
A tricky tug of war for IRA, revenues

ONLY THREE of the proposed 18 federated regions have revenue collections larger than the fund transfers that they are getting from the national government in terms of Internal Revenue Allotment or IRA. The rest of the 15 regions remain largely dependent on their IRA shares to sustain their most basic operations.The three regions with strong […]

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