Special Interest

Romancing China under DU30

Manila, Beijing dating again:
‘Who is the screwer, screwed?’

Last of Two Parts THEY CALL it “Dutertenomics.” Its tagline: “Build, build, build.” Its boast: “The golden age of Philippine infrastructure.” Its estimated bill: PhP8.4 trillion, to be sourced from taxes, foreign and local loans, and Official Development Assistance (ODA) from bilateral partners. By 2022, senior officials of the Duterte administration promise that roads, bridges, […]

Data annex

The PH parties to Duterte’s China deals

By Kenneth Cardenas* Fellow, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— AVLB Asia Pacific Conglomerate, Inc. AVLB Asia Pacific is primarily engaged in coir, peat, and upholstery padding. As of end-2014, it had yet to operate commercially. Its registered address is JGD Plaza, at the corner of Lizada Street and Monteverde Avenue, Davao City. The same […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lascañas pens tell-all journal:
Duterte rule ‘a Divine Trap’

HE HAD repeatedly denied the existence of the so-called Davao Death Squad or DDS at a Senate hearing just four months ago. Yet last week, retired Senior Police Officer 3 Arturo Bariquit Lascañas suddenly made a turnaround, saying not only that he had been one of the “pasimuno” or major players in the DDS, but […]

PNP stats, May 10-July 10, 2016

In 9 wks, drug war tally: 192 killed,
8,110 arrested, 35K ‘surrendered’

THE WAR on drugs in the last nine weeks — or even before Rodrigo R. Duterte took his oath as president a fortnight ago on June 30 — has yielded ever bigger numbers of casualties, arrests, and “surrenderees,” and a volume of cases filed in court. This is according to the Directorate for Investigation and […]

COA’s Heidi Mendoza nominated
as UN Usec-Gen for Oversight

HEIDI MENDOZA, commissioner of the Philippines’s Commission on Audit, has been nominated to a senior position in the United Nations. In a press advisory released from New York oct. 5, the UN said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, following consultations with Chairs of Regional Groups, informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint COA’s Mendoza “as the […]

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