Peace and Public Security

Project Bangon Marawi, Year 1

Firms of clans among winners
of Marawi road, housing deals

CONTRACTORS tied to political clans have been awarded a combined total of P306 million in contracts to build transitional shelter units and roads for residents of Marawi City and nearby villages of Lanao del Sur, where homes and villages last year were destroyed in the five-month battle between soldiers and Islamic State-linked militants.Eight separate contracts, […]

Project Bangon Marawi, Year 1

A majority of Duterte allies will pick
Marawi’s ground-zero contractor

A SMALL COMMITTEE of seven persons, including four political appointees and associates of President Rodrigo R. Duterte from Davao City and elsewhere in Mindanao, will decide which business entities will win the multi-billion-peso contract for one of the major components of the rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City.Except for three career-service personnel, the other members of […]

Project Bangon Marawi, Year 1

A patchwork of sketchy plans,
loose rules, uncertain funding

THE SIEGE of the Islamic City of Marawi marks its first anniversary on May 23 but its vaunted multi-billion peso rehabilitation and reconstruction program remains a patchwork of disconnected promises mired in multiple problems.The government has pledged to roll out a total of 892 programs, activities, and projects for Marawi under an ambitious “master plan.” […]

Speak Truth to Power,
Keep Power in Check

RODRIGO R. Duterte’s presidency has altered and controlled the public discourse so radically in its favor in ways rude and bold. Its tragic result: it has restricted and narrowed the celebrated freedom of the Philippine press and the people’s cherished right to know.In his first 22 months in power, Mr. Duterte has earned the dubious […]

Mapping drug-war deaths, cases,
and helping those in need, online

FOR THOSE wanting to see an attempt to paint a nationwide picture of the drug war and all related efforts, this website may be up your alley.A platform mapping the location of death of those reportedly killed because of links to illegal drugs, as well as services, efforts, rehabs, and other information related and created […]

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 […]

The media and the Duterte presidency

Impunity acute and benign,
fettered flow of information

THE PRESS in the Philippines has been described to be among the freest in Asia if not in the world, robust, almost rambunctious in its practice. But in the first 16 months of the Duterte administration, its status and practice have been diminished, shaken down by supporters and trolls of the President who would not […]

Drug war’s revert to PDEA:
Retreat, without real plan

NO, JUANA, there has not been any big change in tactics in the government’s war against drugs just yet.By all indications, as well as the statements of President Rodrigo R. Duterte himself and his senior advisers, the supposed revert to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as the “sole agency” assigned to the drug war […]

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 […]

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