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De Lima's failure, Aguirre's conflict

Fits, starts, new hope for DDS probe?

SWORN STATEMENTS of key informants, the transcripts of stenographic notes, and official records and documents from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), as well as reports of other state bodies and rights groups into the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS) over the last eight years should have moved the story about this alleged group of […]

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 […]

Recap: PCIJ reports from 2003 to present

Drugs, DDS, Jun Pala, and Duterte

OVER a decade ago, PCIJ started to document reports of alleged vigilante killings in Davao City under then Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte. In this two-part report by PCIJ fellow Carlos H. Conde published on Dec. 9 and 10, 2003, PCIJ found that, according to the child-rights group Tambayan, “a significant number of those killed have […]

Reversal of fortune for 'pork barrel queen'?

SC vs SolGen on Napoles case:
Luy ‘actually deprived of liberty’

AT A press conference on Wednesday in response to a PCIJ report on his office’s manifestation recommending the acquittal of “pork-barrel queen” Janet Lim Napoles in the serious illegal detention of whistleblower Benhur Luy, Solicitor General Jose C. Calida noted that his position assigns him the circumstance of serving as the 16th member of the […]

Reversal of fortune for 'pork barrel queen'?

Lawyers, Duterte, Napoles: What gives?

ASIDE FROM being colleagues in the legal profession, Solicitor General Jose C. Calida and the lawyers of Janet Lim Napoles have one other important thing in common: They are supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte. In fact, just two weeks after he was sworn in as the country’s chief executive, Duterte appointed one of them, Lanee […]

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 […]

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