Democracy is vulnerable to authoritarian assault because it is a promise that is hard to keep. If people fall for the Golden Age fantasy, it’s because democracy itself seems like another fantasy. Democrats — with a small “d”— make lofty speeches about freedom and equality but the reality falls far short. Democracy requires the taming of self-interest and greed so there can be equity and inclusiveness, dialogue and mutual respect. Democracy cannot flourish if the soil from which it rises is poisoned by injustice and division. It requires constant tending, especially in the seasons of discontent.

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Marawi Bishop Edward Dela Peña’s phone rang before 8 p.m. on May 23, 2017. It was his secretary’s number calling. The bishop was away and had been waiting for news all afternoon, praying fervently that church workers at the Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi were safe from the violence unfolding in the city. 'To my surprise, it was the voice of an angry man on the other line. He was already giving me his demands.'

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The commander of the elite team of the military scanned the narrow street to search for the safe house that matched the description he was provided. He was told it was a blue apartment-type house with a black gate. But there was no blue house and there was no black gate.

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3 PCIJ investigative reports are nominated at the Society of Publishers in Asia 2022 Awards. A fourth received honors in several U.S. journalism awards.

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The supporters of both former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo were enthusiastic nationwide. But the turnout for Marcos was sensational even in areas where Robredo dominated.

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Marawi Bishop Edward Dela Peña’s phone rang before 8 p.m. on May 23, 2017. It was his secretary’s number calling. The bishop was away and had been waiting for news all afternoon, praying fervently that church workers at the Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi were safe from the violence unfolding in the city. 'To my surprise, it was the voice of an angry man on the other line. He was already giving me his demands.'

The commander of the elite team of the military scanned the narrow street to search for the safe house that matched the description he was provided. He was told it was a blue apartment-type house with a black gate. But there was no blue house and there was no black gate.

3 PCIJ investigative reports are nominated at the Society of Publishers in Asia 2022 Awards. A fourth received honors in several U.S. journalism awards.

The supporters of both former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo were enthusiastic nationwide. But the turnout for Marcos was sensational even in areas where Robredo dominated.

PCIJ's reporters are covering developments in the 2022 elections. Catch news, features and updates here.

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VCM breakdown cause long lines, massive delay in 2022 polls

Taxpayers paid P864 million to refurbish the vote-counting machines and to lease additional units used in the May 9, 2022 polls. The supplier, Smartmatic (SMMT-TIM 2016 Inc.), has consistently won major Automation Elections Systems-related contracts since 2010 when the automation was rolled out for the first time.

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