Press Freedom

Democracy & Governance: Deficit, Surplus, Unfinished Business

State of the PH in 2018: Perils,
Pitfalls of Shifting to Federalism

IS the proposed shift to federalism “a Trojan horse to stay in power” for President Duterte and his political allies?What follows is the speech of Atty. Christian S. Monsod, former Commission on Elections chairman and member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, at the forum on “Democracy and Governance in the Philippines: Deficit, Surplus, and Unfinished […]

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 […]

Democracy & Governance: Deficit, Surplus, Unfinished Business

State of the PH in 2018:
Catching crooks, averting corruption

WHAT policy and action reforms can enhance and sustain the campaign against crooks and corruption under the Duterte administration?What follows is the speech of Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales, Ombudsman of the Republic of the Philippines, at the forum on “Democracy and Governance in the Philippines: Deficit, Surplus, and Unfinished Business” that was organized by the Philippine […]

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:
Only half of all Pinoys are voters

WE ARE a nation of more than a hundred million people, but as of 2016, only one in every two Filipinos had registered as voters and could be allowed to participate in elections. If the pitch to shift to a federal system of government gets approved and submitted to a plebiscite, it is only this […]

A PCIJ Primer: Unpacking Federalism

Stats on the state of the regions:
Hubs of wealth, ponds of poverty

THE POOR abound in this country — Filipinos who cannot earn or raise the minimum income to meet the basic food and non-food requirements. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) clusters them among citizens living below the poverty threshold.Across the nation, the PSA says that some 21.9 million Filipinos, or nearly one in every five, do […]

A PCIJ Primer: Unpacking Federalism

Stats on the state of the regions:
Land, population, population density

THE PHILIPPINES has a total land area of about 300,000 square kilometers (sq km).This is according to the cadastral survey and estimated land areas certified and provided to the Department of Budget and Management by the Land Management Bureau, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, as of December 2013.Nearly half or 43 percent consists of […]

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Federalism, how much? P44B? P51B?

IF THE push for federalism is at core a variant of decentralization, the nation’s experience with the Local Government Code that passed in 1991 is an object lesson.Dr. Rosario G. Manasan, a senior research fellow at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), has raised timely reminders about the billions of pesos that the project […]

A PCIJ Primer for Citizens

The state of the regions by stats:
Unpacking the federalism gambit

IF FEDERALISM is the answer, what is the question?If federalism is the solution, what is the problem?Indeed, where are the people in the debate and what motives or reasons drive the pitch to shift? And what good, bad, and ugly tidings does federalism signal? For the last two years, President Rodrigo R. Duterte and his […]

Speak Truth to Power,
Keep Power in Check

RODRIGO R. Duterte’s presidency has altered and controlled the public discourse so radically in its favor in ways rude and bold. Its tragic result: it has restricted and narrowed the celebrated freedom of the Philippine press and the people’s cherished right to know.In his first 22 months in power, Mr. Duterte has earned the dubious […]