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The kidnap-slay of Jee Ick Joo

May an accused arrest a suspect?

THE KIDNAP-SLAY of former Hanjin executive and South Korean national Jee Ick Joo remains far from being resolved even three months after his kidnapping and apparent death, and the recent arrest of one of the prime suspects in the case. In fact, the case seems to be getting even murkier by the minute, with members […]

The kidnap-slay of Jee Ick Joo

Korean cremated as ‘Jose Ruamar Salvador, Filipino’

HE had been living in the Philippines for the last eight years, but South Korean national Jee Ick Joo did not seem to have any intentions of changing his citizenship – at least not yet. But when the 53-year-old businessman’s body was brought to a Caloocan City crematorium last Oct. 19, his death certificate not […]

Did you donate to a candidate?
Did your candidate report it?

ALL THE CANDIDATES and political parties in the May 2016 elections received sundry donations from an amorphous mass of donors. All, too, are required to report these to the Commission on Elections’s Campaign Finance Office (CFO). Did the candidates tell the Comelec the full and true details of what they received in cash or in […]

SOCE facts: Candidates for prez,
vice prez, senator in May 2016

THE CANDIDATES for president, vice president, and senator, and their political parties who ran in the May 2016 elections received sums of donations but also incurred sums of expenses. Based on the information enrolled in the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) that they submitted to the Campaign Finance Office of the Commission on Elections, […]

A trail of anonymous money

Fundraisers scooped P383M
from secret donors for Binay

GERMELINA I. Taylor, Wilbert T. Lee, Danilo E. Suarez, and Teddie E. Rivera were among the 10 biggest donors of then presidential candidate Jejomar C. Binay. The four alone gave Binay P172.3 million altogether – except the money wasn’t really theirs. Taylor, Lee, Suarez, and Rivera were among 24 fundraisers who coordinated meetings, lunches, and […]

The windfall of elections

13 bets, 4 parties raise P69-M excess donations

FRANCISCO ‘Isko Moreno’ M. Domagoso may have been unsuccessful in his quest to have a Senate seat in last May’s elections, but Christmas still came quite early for the former Manila vice mayor. Once the dust had settled following the polls, Domagoso found himself with millions of pesos in excess campaign funds. To be exact, […]

Puzzling personal spenders

SALNs and SOCEs of some bets don’t add up

IN AN increasingly gloomy world, it may be wise to choose the positive when presented with a myriad of possibilities. So when politicians plunk down considerable amounts of their own fortunes just to run for public office, perhaps it is really because they believe they can make a difference and do a lot of good. […]

Campaign Finance Office in drift, headless

P334M from only 13 donors
funded Duterte’s presidency

THE IMAGE Rodrigo R. Duterte projected of his 2016 presidential campaign was that it was one run on a shoestring budget. It supposedly had no donors with vested interests, and that included big businessmen and mining firms. But the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) he filed with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) after he […]

Campaign finance and the 2016 elections

Donors, Inc.: Only 830 Filipinos
bankrolled poll bid of 5 prez bets

IN 2010, PCIJ reported that only 308 donors contributed in the presidential race that Benigno Aquino III won. In the last presidential elections, where Rodrigo R. Duterte emerged as victor, that number has shot up to 830. Then again, there were nearly 56 million registered voters when the May 2016 elections took place, which makes […]

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Thou shall not donate

BY ALL indications, the May 2016 elections are no different from previous polls in which those donating to the campaign coffers of candidates and political parties turn out to be the same business owners and executives yet again. In past elections, the names of the prohibited corporations themselves were listed in the Statement of Contributions […]

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