Peace and Public Security

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 […]

Balik Eskwela! Education data for all

In this special feature of PCIJ’s Money Politics Online portal, check out all the data you need on: * The number of public and private elementary and secondary schools, from 2005 to 2016; * The number of enrollees in public and private pre-school, elementary, and secondary schools, from 1980 to 2016; and * The net […]

Quick Stats: Marawi City

MARAWI CITY, the capital of Lanao del Sur province, has become the veritable ground zero of intermittent clashes between soldiers and extremist forces since last Tuesday. The incidents have lent President Rodrigo R. Duterte a supposedly “compelling reason” to declare martial law across the whole of Mindanao.Here are a few useful stats about Marawi City […]

Romancing China under DU30

‘$24-B’ not yet a cinch: Brokers
stalk talks, contracting so tedious

First of Two PartsAT THE close of his four-day state visit in Beijing last October, a pleased President Rodrigo R. Duterte proclaimed to the world that the Philippines and China were now besties, or the best of friends.As proof positive, Duterte and his Cabinet secretaries showed off to reporters and businessmen from 300 Philippine-based companies […]

Duterte’s China Deals, Dissected

EDITOR’S NOTE: In this analytical essay, PCIJ fellow Kenneth Cardenas takes a closer look at the multibillion-dollar deals signed during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s state visit to China in October 2016 and raises questions about transparency, due diligence, and the role of money in the current administration. ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- By Kenneth Cardenas* Fellow, Philippine Center for […]

A PCIJ tribute to Filipino workers

MORE THAN a century ago, Filipino workers marched down what is now known as Claro M. Recto Street in Manila to assert and claim their rights.The Congreso Obrero de Filipinas (COF), also known as the Congress of the Philippine Labor, led the protest action. More than 10 years later, a new union called the Katipunan […]

Arturo Lascañas, for the record

HE LOOKED calm and collected even as he lay one serious allegation after another against the highest official of the land, and even after saying that he expected to be killed because of all that he has been saying in public.Indeed, retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas seemed to know exactly what he wanted to say, although […]

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