Federalism

Voters, winners, regions, towns, cities:
Data, stats on PH elections since 2004

WHO have run for senator and won in the last five elections since 2004?As of the May 2016 elections, how many of the registered voters actually voted, and in which provinces, towns, and cities of the country? How many are women, how many men? How big, how small, are our voters, by age group? How […]

Money and the May 2019 Elections

PCIJ Audit: Candidates on Social Media

A “PROMOTIONAL TOUCHPOINT.” That, in advertising and PR parlance, is what social media apparently looks like to candidates for senator in the May 2019 elections, and they have been using it as such even ahead of the official 90-day campaign period, which started last Tuesday.Because the use — and even abuse — of social media […]

Money and the May 2019 Elections

P2.4-B pre-campaign ads: Bong Go,
Marcos, Roxas, Roque top spenders

TO THE last, they have pledged to fight poverty and corruption, promote health and education, protect the environment, and serve the poor who make up a majority of over 60 million registered voters.Yet while politics may divide them, money, apparent access to state funds and facilities, and donations from private pockets and public coffers that […]

Money and the May 2019 Elections

Candidates, beware: Law bans
bribery, cash gifts, donations

UNDER ELECTION laws, they were not yet officially considered to be candidates, and therefore not yet incurring campaign expenditures, until after the official campaign period had started.But under anti-graft and anti-corruption laws, several candidates in the May 2019 elections may be unable to escape legal liability for incurring millions of pesos of pre-campaign ads.Indeed, incumbents, […]

The Ruins of Marawi

Exceedingly slow rehab work leaves
Meranaws restless ‘people of the tents’

MARAWI CITY — As early as September last year – while battles were still going on here — the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur and the Marawi City government had submitted a Joint Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Peacebuilding Plan not only for the country’s only Islamic city, but also for the affected towns in Lanao […]

The ruins of Marawi

A year after ‘liberation’,
Meranaws await rehabilitation

Click to view: MarawiLiberated, 17oct18MARAWI CITY – The groundbreaking for the government’s ambitious rehabilitation of this city was supposed to take place today, the first anniversary of Marawi’s “liberation” from the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group that had laid siege on it last year. Last October 14, however, Falconi Millar, head of the Task Force Bangon […]

In pictures: Anyare, Marawi?

EXACTLY A YEAR AGO today, President Rodrigo R. Duterte declared the “liberation” of the Islamic City of Marawi City from the clutches of Islamist militants.But before that happened, in five months starting May 2017, soldiers and policemen carpet-bombed and reduced Marawi to a massive wasteland.Twelve months had lapsed since Duterte declared Marawi “liberated” on Oct. […]

The rights of our children

ALL CITIZENS, but most especially our children, are vested with inalienable rights under the Constitution and the laws of the land.The nation marks this week the 46th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by the late strongman Ferdinand E. Marcos, even as martial law lingers in the southern island of Mindanao under President Rodrigo […]

About Bong Go’s statement

WE STAND by our story and take exception to the statement of Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go that our report on the multibillion-peso civil works contracts that the firms of his father and half-brother was “fake news” and “biased reporting.”PCIJ had sought out the side of Go and his family […]

'Build, Build, Build' hits chokepoint

Firms of Bong Go kin, top contractors:
Many JVs, delayed projects in Davao

Click to watch video: Projects_PCIJDAVAO CITY – For his home region and bailiwick of Davao Region, President Rodrigo R. Duterte gave the largest share of public works funds in the 2017 national budget, the first proposed and passed under his watch. Duterte offered Davao or Region XI a dose of double love: PhP43.77 billion in […]

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