Peace and Public Security

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 […]

Affidavits of 4 CHR witnesses
affirm Lascañas details on DDS

EIGHT YEARS before retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas admitted to participating in killings done by the Davao Death Squad (DDS), supposedly on the orders of then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, four other individuals had given sworn statements on the DDS and those who they said were behind it.Three gave their sworn affidavits on separate […]

503 requests on e-FOI portal

183 denied, 166 granted, 154 pending

MORE THAN three months after the Freedom of Information (FOI) Executive Order took effect on Nov. 25, 2016, requests for data from state agencies have been coming in, but not at the volume expected by government officials.Yet the relative low number has not meant quick processing for several of the requests, leaving some requestors in […]

R2RKN report on first 3 months of FOI EO

Action, inaction on requests
for People’s FOI Manuals

HAVING HAILED Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016), operationalizing for the Executive branch the people’s constitutional right to information, as a major step forward, the Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition (R2RKN) committed to engage processes related to it, and launched a new round of FOI practice centered on its implementation. This report covers the […]

FOI Practice projects of 6 CSOs

Slow & quick action, open & opaque agencies

SUPER QUICK or interminably slow action, a few or all documents, and clear or vague policies and lines of authority — a mix of good and bad practices marked the conduct of state agencies and personnel that recently received access to information requests from six civil society organizations (CSOs) of the Right to Know, Right […]

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