Politics

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 […]

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 […]

Reversal of fortune for 'pork barrel queen'?

Duterte’s SolGen moves to acquit
Napoles in illegal detention of Luy

THE SENATE is holding a hearing on yet another corruption case this week, but there may be a reversal of fortune of sorts for previous Senate “visitor” and so-called “pork-barrel queen” Janet Lim Napoles — courtesy of no less than the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG). Last Jan. 11, or just six months into […]

The kidnap-slay of Jee Ick Joo

AIDG’s picky protocols fail

A BIG AND ALL-IMPORTANT task in the government’s current war on drugs — validating information on high-value targets or HVTs– has been assigned to the Anti-Illegal Drugs Group or AIDG. By its own protocols, the AIDG supposedly reviews all information and sources of information about its subjects in a meticulous, multi-layered manner. But the elite […]

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 […]

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