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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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Duterte’s drug war snares
20,860 women ‘surrenderees’

THE PINK BLOTTER of the Women and Children Desk that should exist in every police station tells not only the story of children in conflict with the law, but also of the women, lesbians, and bisexuals linked to alleged violations of the law. From July 1 to Aug. 28, 2016, data from the Philippine National […]

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Kids & violence on TV

TV REMAINS the major source of information and entertainment among Filipinos even as watching content via digital platforms has risen in the last two years among those with Internet access. Nielsen’s TV Audience Measurement, released in December 2015, shows that Filipinos watch TV for 33 hours per week, or a daily average of nearly five […]

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Budget bill for public order: P206.57B

EVEN PEACE and order come with a price tag, and next year ours may cost us P206.57 billion. Yet as hefty as that may look, it actually translates to just six percent of the total proposed P3.35 trillion budget for 2017. That share of the budget pie is also pretty much what the public order […]

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Duterte’s war of words

HE RANTS and rails against the drug menace nearly every day, and sometimes, morning, noon, and night time, but always only in press conferences of public events. Yet for all his big and bold verbal attacks against the illegal drugs trade, President Rodrigo R. Duterte does not seem to have issued or signed even a […]

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Seized by cops, too: Shabu, Ecstasy,
acetone, chloroform, muriatic acid

BEFORE Rodrigo R. Duterte became President on June 30, 2016, the Philippine National Police (PNP) had hauled a fairly bountiful harvest from its anti-drug war from January 2010 to June 2016. It had confiscated in the 78-month period a total of P24.9 billion worth of illegal drugs and other substances, including P11.1 billion taken from […]

PCIJ'S WEALTH CHECK REPORTS

SALN files of 5 wannabe presidents
writ in opaque, loose, curious parts

THEY ARE MULTIMILLIONAIRES, affluent and ambitious to the last. On Monday, May 9, Filipinos will get to pick one among them to be president, and another to be vice president, of the nation. The candidates themselves have tried to make it easier for voters to choose. Months ahead of the official campaign period, for instance, […]

Campaign Months 1 and 2

Top bets for prez, VP, senator
spend P54M daily on pol ads

EVEN WITH just part of their campaign spending captured by Nielsen Media’s monitoring of their political ads from Feb. 9 to the end of March, at least two presidential and two senatorial candidates have already breached half of the cap set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Interestingly, too, many candidates for national posts apparently […]

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Early birds on a binge: 15 top bets
splurge P373M on ABS-CBN ads

BARELY A MONTH has lapsed since the official campaign period started last February 9 but at least 15 candidates for national posts have already acquired P373 million worth of ads from leading television network ABS-CBN alone.

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What they told COA

WHEN it conducted its special audit on the disbursement of pork in 2007-2009, part of the methodology that the Commission on Audit (COA) employed was to confirm the authenticity of documents from the concerned parties – the legislators who endorsed the projects, the suppliers and beneficiaries, and the regulatory offices. This was COA’s way of […]

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