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The rights of our children

ALL CITIZENS, but most especially our children, are vested with inalienable rights under the Constitution and the laws of the land.The nation marks this week the 46th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by the late strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos, even as martial law lingers in the southern island of Mindanao under President Rodrigo […]

About Bong Go’s statement

WE STAND by our story and take exception to the statement of Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go that our report on the multibillion-peso civil works contracts that the firms of his father and half-brother was “fake news” and “biased reporting.”PCIJ had sought out the side of Go and his family […]

'Build, Build, Build' hits chokepoint

Did he help firms of Dad, half-brod?
Unfair! Prove it, I’ll resign – Bong Go

SIXTEEN TIMES across a two-hour interview he uttered the word “unfair.”At one point, he said it five times in a row: “’Yun ang unfair (That’s what’s unfair). ‘Yun ang unfair. ‘Yun ang unfair. ‘Yun ang unfair. ‘Yun ang unfair. ‘Yun ang masakit (That’s what’s painful) on my part. That’s why I said it’s abuse. My […]

'Build, Build, Build' hits chokepoint

Davao Region most favored; others
get cuts, token hike in infra budgets

IT’S AS GOOD as it gets for Davao Region, home and bailiwick of President Rodrigo R. Duterte. And by the government’s own data, it’s as bad as it gets for many other regions of the country in terms of the spread of monies for civil-works projects, although a few have also managed to receive slight […]

'Build, Build, Build' hits chokepoint

Vetting contractors

THE GOVERNMENT awards a contractor-bidder a contract if its bid amount has been evaluated and found to be the “lowest calculated bid.” The bid will be subjected next to post-qualification, which involves verifying if it has complied with the requirements listed below. Complying with these prerequisites makes the bid “responsive.” A bidder is declared the […]

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 […]

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 […]

A humanitarian crisis, a monster in our midst

State of the PH in 2018: Our jails
are now world’s most congested

THE WAR on drugs and the mass arrest of the loiterers and the shirtless under the Duterte administration have triggered a monstrous humanitarian crisis: Philippine jails and detention centers are now the most overcrowded in the world, eclipsing erstwhile topnotcher Haiti. In this report for the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, visiting professor Dr. Raymund […]

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 […]

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