Special Interest

Duterte, Sara, Paolo mark big spikes
in wealth, cash, while in public office

By Floreen Simon and Malou Mangahas IN THE May 2019 elections, not just two but all three children of President Rodrigo R. Duterte by estranged spouse Elizabeth A. Zimmerman are running. But unlike those of many other candidates, their clan coffers won’t be running empty. In fact, these are probably going to end up largely […]

Gov’t, media can’t play fast, loose
with due process and rule of law

Statement of Journalists and Media Organizations on the Duterte Administration’s List of Alleged “Narco Politicians”  WE, JOURNALISTS AND MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS, express grave concern about the likely breach of professional ethics and adverse legal implications of the publication and broadcast of the Duterte Administration’s list of public officials allegedly involved in the illegal-drugs trade.The list reportedly enrolls […]

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, […]

FOI, Kaya pa? Is there a future
for FOI under DU30 administration?

WE LOOK BACK to two years ago when hopes were high –- for order, for rule of law, for discipline, for transparency, for accountable governance. With the rise of the President who held sway over our legislators and even had as one of his first official issuances an executive order that operationalized accessing information held […]

FOI Practice Report of Ateneo Policy Center:
A Transparent Age of Infrastructure?

FOI Practice Report from the Ateneo Policy Center (APC) I. Organizational Profile Established in 1996, the Ateneo School of Government boasts 20 years of experience in delivering leading-edge policy research and in promoting good-governance reforms. The School’s programs have made significant contributions in advancing discussion for policy reforms and innovative solutions that strengthen key democratic […]

Usapang Bigas: FOI Practice on Availability,
Price Stability, and Importation of Rice

I. Organizational ProfileThe Right to Know, Right Now! (R2KRN) Coalition has been a staunch advocate for the passage of the FOI Law since it was convened in 2002, initially as the Access to Information Network (ATIN), before expanding into R2KRN in 2009. It is the main civil-society network that engages both the executive and legislative […]

FOI Practice Report of Action for
Economic Reforms: Is TRAIN on Track?

FOI Practice of the Action for Economic Reforms on the Implementation of the TRAIN Law’s Social Mitigating MeasuresI. Organizational ProfileAction for Economic Reforms (AER) is a public-interest organization that conducts policy analysis and advocacy on key macroeconomic and governance issues. Access to relevant and timely data that can be easily managed and used for analysis […]

Bantay Kita FOI Practice Report:
MOAs between IPs and mining firms

Requests for Memorandum of Agreement (MOAs) between IP Organizations and the 13 large-scale metallic mines that participated in the Fourth PH EITI Report for 2016I. Organizational ProfileBantay Kita (BK) is a national coalition with 84 members, and 70 network affiliates. Established in 2009 and formally registered in 2013, the Coalition advocates for transparency and accountability […]

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