Business and Economy

Stand by Rappler, stay tuned

HARSH and with horrifying implications on the full and untrammeled exercise of press freedom.That is the least that could be said of the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) en banc to revoke the certificate of incorporation of Rappler, a digital media company with a creditable record of independent reportage and social engagement […]

Open Contracting 'not a norm'

Big money for PH projects,
no access to all documents

THERE is no dearth of hard lessons in Philippine procurement. The PEA-Amari and Textbook Scams in the 1990s, the Fertilizer Fund Scam and the botched NBN-ZTE and North Rail deals in the 2000s, the Pork Barrel Scam in 2013, and the Dengvaxia controversy last year are just a few examples of why procurement, a major […]

Open Contracting Data Standard Mapping

How PH fares: Only two of five stars

THE OPEN CONTRACTING Data Standard (OCDS) is an open data standard created by the Open Contracting Partnership for the publication of structured information in all stages of the contracting process, from planning to implementation.OCDS was designed to support governments and organizations to increase contracting transparency and allow deeper analysis of contracting data by a wide […]

Open Contracting in PH: Key recommendations

(From Public Contracting in the Philippines: Breakthroughs and Barriers, a case study on the procurement of infrastructure projects by the Department of Public Works and Highways) PCIJ’s research findings indicate the need for the following:1. Upload basic contracting documents online – from planning to implementation. Agencies keep a wealth of documents internally, many of which […]

200 Pinoys, firms in 'Paradise Papers'

No PH law vs. offshore accounts,
issue splits finance execs, then, now

WHAT DO some bankers and fund managers, a few senior government officials, a dozen top taxpayers, and a handful of companies located in the country have in common? They are among some 200 Filipinos, Philippine residents, and corporations that own or are linked to offshore accounts in tax havens across the world, according to the […]

Public order, safety, and drugs:
Weary, wicked, wretched data

WILL THE NATION see the return of a virulent war on drugs? Nine days after he issued a memorandum placing the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as the “sole agency” in charge of the drug war, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said at a forum of overseas Filipino workers last Oct. 19: “You have been downgrading […]

Data Privacy Act ‘not a subterfuge’
to redact SALNs – NPC Chair Liboro

THE DATA PRIVACY ACT “is not meant to serve as a subterfuge to prevent the processing and/or disclosure of personal information sanctioned under law.”This, according to Chairman Raymund E. Liboro of the National Privacy Commission (NPC) is a core principle that should inform the discourse on the right to information of citizens to get true […]

Can 'privacy' trump transparency?

SALNs to impeach CJ, other execs
but Palace redacts Cabinet SALNs

A CHIEF JUSTICE was impeached in 2012 for failure to declare the true and detailed list of condo units he owned, and pesos and dollars he had in banks.Ten years prior, a President was forced out of the Palace for collecting millions in kickbacks and commissions from state contracts and excise taxes, as well as […]

SALNs of Cabinet members:
An epidemic of redactions

MORE THAN a year after President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed the Freedom of Information executive order, a practice completely reverse of the policy has been creeping onto some documents requested by the public. The likely tool for the unexpected move: a black marker.Redactions on items declared by Cabinet officials in their Statements of Assets, Liabilities, […]

Unexplained wealth, redacted?

TO REDACT or not to redact. Which could avoid or attract scrutiny and censure?Redactions are not the only issue that could arise if public officials would shade or black out the true, detailed, and complete facts of their wealth.Big and small discrepancies in the content of SALNs they have filed across periods of time could […]

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