Philippine security forces have long employed red-tagging in its decades-long campaign against the New People's Army, accusing activists of directly supporting the communist armed group. It's a dangerous campaign. In many occasions, redtagging was followed by arrests or, worse, killings. In the past, the victims were usually members of progressive groups. Lately, more journalists have found themselves under threat. In this video, PCIJ multimedia reporter Cherry Salazar documented the shrinking space for press freedom in the Philippines.
The Marcos government is pushing natural gas at the expense of renewable energy development, and at the risk of future price and supply volatility, according to clean energy advocates.
Comelec announced Smartmatic’s disqualification from ‘all procurement’ after bagging contracts worth at least P25 billion in the country’s last five elections, according to data that PCIJ culled from news reports. The amount could be higher.
Since its inception in 2009, the NGCP has amassed P286 billion in earnings, allocating a substantial portion—P208 billion—as dividends to shareholders. While rewarding investors is standard corporate practice, the Senate’s concern suggests a disproportionate focus on profits over the pressing requirements of the grid’s expansion and modernization.