The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) is an independent, nonprofit media agency that specializes in investigative reporting. It was founded in 1989 by nine Filipino journalists who realized, from their years in the beat and at the news desk, the need for newspapers and broadcast agencies to go beyond day–to–day reportage.

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“We wish to commend the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism for a job well done on its three-part series on President Arroyo’s still-to-be-explained wealth. The press serves a watchdog function and, disagreeable as it may be to those who have suffered its nasty bite, we must allow the press to perform this function, without coercion or threats. “It now behoves the President to personally respond to the issues raised by the PCIJ article. It is unfortunate that instead of clarifying matters, the President has opted to call in her legal advisers who have tried to attack the message as well as the messenger rather than respond in any meaningful and germane manner. “In particular, the business community would be particularly interested in the remarkable growth of Mrs. Arroyo’s net worth during her incumbency as a government employee from 1992 to 2008, when her personal wealth increased from P6.73 million to P143.54 million, according to the PCIJ account. That equates to a compounded growth of 21.1% per annum, wherein her net worth doubled every 3.4 years. Her stock portfolio, meanwhile, grew by 41% per annum from P55 million in 2006 to P110 million in 2008, at a time when the Philippine Stock Exchange index fell by 21%. “Held against the light of economic reality and the First Couple’s declared assets and income sources, the impressive growth of Mrs. Arroyo’s wealth is difficult to fathom. Through her lawyer, the President has stated that she stands by the “truth and veracity” of her SALN, but it is difficult to accept her statement at face value if all that she has to substantiate her claim is the paltry information provided in the document and her spokespersons’ explanations that only lead to more unanswered questions. “Like Caesar’s wife, the President must be above suspicion. As the highest public servant in our country and in the interest of good governance, Mrs. Arroyo must set an example by making a full and transparent accounting of her and her family’s wealth. She owes the Filipino people an explanation.”

…The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), which has become a unique and major journalism institution. At first it was considered a “wire agency” for investigative stories. The PCIJ was a challenge to some editors who saw that major journalistic projects, usually those that require a series of in-depth articles, should be one of the tasks of a newspaper. Having to share “agency” stories was just unimaginable at a time when exclusives and scoops still reigned as the hallmarks of a top newspaper. But when PCIJ articles used by client publications won major prizes in the J.V.Ongpin Investigative Journalism Awards, editors and publishers took notice. And instead of looking at PCIJ as a competitor, accepted it as an ally. For the publication shares in the glory won by a PCIJ report.”

“The Manila-based Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) has broken hundreds of stories in print, radio, TV, and online documenting official corruption as it trains a generation of investigative journalists in the region. In 2000, a PCIJ team revealed how then-President Joseph Estrada had amassed luxury homes, lavished money on mistresses, and acquired secret stakes in a dozen companies. The series goaded the Philippine media into action, helped form key charges in an impeachment trial, and ultimately led to Estrada’s downfall.”

…in Manila, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) has produced hundreds of stories, eight documentaries, and two dozen books documenting official corruption and corporate abuse, while helping train a generation of investigative journalists across Southeast Asia. The development of investigative journalism overseas owes much to a growing network of non-profit centers like the PCIJ, according to veteran trainers and reporters active in the field.”

The PCIJ… is widely credited with successfully spreading the practice of investigative reporting within the Philippines — and with helping introduce it across the rest of Asia. Yet, despite the PCIJ’s high profile and success, it has relied heavily on grants to subsidize its training — and most of those funds have been raised, quite deliberately, from overseas.

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Malou Mangahas

Executive Director

Floreen Simon

Training DIrector

Karol Anne Ilagan

Senior Content Producer

John Nelvin Lucero

Researcher

Dona S. Lopez

Administrative Manager

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Board of Editors

CHAIRMAN
Howie G. Severino

SECRETARY
Ma. Pilar Marinez-Caedo

TREASURER
Dominick NA Danao

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The Corruption and Commercialization of the Philippine Media, 2004 Edition
by Chay Florentino-Hofileña


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