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Big payout, bagful of treats for short-term CJs

THEY SERVE for just a few days or at most two years, but get fat payouts when they retire. Unto their dying days they...

Shortlisted: The JBC interviews with the CJ nominees

By the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and the Court Appointments Watch Network ONE sweated profusely and even teared up, another confessed to having a talent...

Clans in Congress want to go ‘hybrid’: Comelec line change: 7 Duterte appointees to...

By Malou Mangahas and Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism CLEAN, honest, inclusive, and credible elections might well turn into just a pipedream when the...

COA scores Comelec: PhP2.6-B contracts had no fund cover docs

By Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism GOOD, sound procurement processes apparently do not define the Commission on Elections (Comelec). In truth, the poor planning, delivery...

16M failed to vote for party-list, missed names on back of ballot

May 2019 Elections: Fraud-free? Fault-free? 16M failed to vote for party-list, missed names on back of ballot By Karol Anne M. Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism FAILED TO...

May 2019 Elections: Fraud-free? Fault-free? A billion-peso blunder: 6 in 10 machines to verify...

By Karol Anne M. Ilagan and Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism THE MAY 2019 elections have been declared to be fraud-free by both election...

SIDEBAR: Watchdogs monitor more bad machines

A DISASTROUS mess. That, in a nutshell, is the picture painted by field reports obtained by PCIJ from poll watchdogs National Citizens’ Movement for Free...

Almaciga: Lighting up lives in Governor Generoso (Last of Three Parts)

Sustainable income GOVERNOR GENEROSO, Davao Oriental (MindaNews/08 August) – The Biodiversity Partnership Project covers 12 of the town’s 20 barangays namely, Sergio Osmeña, Tandang Sora,...

Almaciga: Lighting up lives in Governor Generoso (Second of Three Parts)

Valuable but endangered GOVERNOR GENEROSO, Davao Oriental (MindaNews/07 August) – An evergreen large tree of the Araucariaceae family, almaciga grows up to 65 meters in...

Almaciga: Lighting up lives in Governor Generoso (First Part)

GOVERNOR GENEROSO, Davao Oriental (MindaNews/06 August) – This coastal town used to be called Sigaboy, a name that has remained widely used by both...

Nearly 18 months after ‘liberation,” Marawi has yet to rise from the ashes of...

“When it rains here, it leaks. When the sun is high, it is very hot inside. The heat is intolerable,” Norphia Dipatuan, mother of six lamented.

The Dutertes: Wealth and Riddles (3). Dutertes mix up data on 23 business interests,...

BY THE DISCLOSURES in their asset records, President Rodrigo Duterte, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, and former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte have interests and engagements in a total of at least 23 corporate entities.

The Dutertes: Wealth Reveal & Riddles (2) Duterte, Sara, Paolo mark big spikes...

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 untouched, or may even be further enhanced wealth-wise, as in previous campaigns.

The Dutertes: Wealth Reveal & Riddles (1). Law firm not registered, some biz interests...

RICH man, poor man, Mayor, President. Back in 15th century England, this was how a traditional nursery rhyme and fortune-telling game ran. Later in the United States, it became a popular counting song of children playing tag as they called out who would be “it.” In the Philippines today, it could well be the riddle that is the state of wealth of the President’s family.

Plastic trash chokes Philippine seas

The Philippines generates an enormous amount of trash and is the third worst ocean plastic polluter in the world, according to a 2015...

‘Build, Build, Build’ hits chokepoint: Firms of Bong Go kin, contractors: Many JVs, delayed...

By Karol Ilagan and Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism Click to watch video  DAVAO CITY (PCIJ / 6 Sept) – For his home region and...

Did he help Dad, half-brod get deals? Unfair! Prove it, I will resign –...

By Karol Ilagan and Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism SIXTEEN TIMES across a two-hour interview he uttered the word "unfair." At one point, he said...

‘Build, Build, Build’ hits chokepoint: Davao Region most favored; others get cuts, token hike...

IT'S AS GOOD as it gets for Davao Region, home and bailiwick of President Rodrigo R. Duterte. And by the government's own data, it's as...

‘Build, Build, Build’ hits chokepoint: Top 10 contractors under DU30 run record of fraud,...

By Karol Ilagan and Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism THREE HAD been suspended or blacklisted, including one for submitting fake tax clearance certificates. One...

People, paper behind PCIJ’s report on Contractors: Candor from a few, thunderous silence from...

By the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism Editor's Note: PCIJ's multi-part report on civil works projects under the Duterte Administration is the composite work of...

Vetting contractors

by Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism THE GOVERNMENT awards a contractor-bidder a contract if its bid amount has been evaluated and found to be...

Endangered sea turtles thrive in Sarangani province

MAITUM, Sarangani (MindaNews/13 June) – Whenever the weather is fine here, the vast Celebes Sea usually offers a spectacular view of the sunset, a...

Project Bangon Marawi, Year 1: Firms of clans among winners of Marawi road,...

By Karol Ilagan and Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism CONTRACTORS tied to political clans have been awarded a combined total of P306 million in...

Project Bangon Marawi, Year 1: A majority of DU30 allies will pick Marawi’s Ground...

By Malou Mangahas and Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism A SMALL COMMITTEE of seven persons, including four political appointees and associates of President Rodrigo...

Project Bangon Marawi, Year 1: A patchwork of sketchy plans, loose rules, uncertain...

By Malou Mangahas and Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism With reporting by Carolyn O. Arguillas, MindaNews THE SIEGE of the Islamic City of Marawi marks...

3,937 candidates in May 2016 did not file poll expense reports; 40% from ARMM

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte is already on his second year as the country’s chief executive, but the polls that clinched him that post continue...

Ain’t easy being an MILF fighter’s wife

KABACAN, North Cotabato – Tambay Sambutuan and Baiyan Basayan arrived in the village of Cuyapon in this municipality to seek temporary shelter from the...

Revisiting Old Wounds: There is Hope

KAUSWAGAN, Lanao del Norte (MindaNews) – Fifty-seven-year-old Elisa Recla lived all her life in Barangay Tacub in this town. But there was a day...

Bangsamoro, No; Good Governance, Yes

On the same day the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), on 27 March 2014,...

Moro groups race with time, grope for ‘convergence’ on peace agenda

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/08 March) – The peace and development agenda of the Duterte administration aims for, among others, “meaningful implementation of the Framework Agreement...

Bakwits since 2000, 2003: “We will ask the President to help us return to...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98NDuCE0Yt0&w=640&h=360] BARANGAY LAYOG, Pagalungan, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 19 Feb) -- At the height of the wars between government forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation...

Thou shall not donate

By The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism BY ALL indications, the May 2016 elections are no different from previous polls in which those donating to...

Campaign finance in May 2016: Donors, Inc.: Only 830 Filipinos bankrolled poll bid of...

By The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism IN 2010, PCIJ reported that only 308 donors contributed in the presidential race that Benigno Aquino III won....

Campaign Finance Office in drift, headless:P334M from only 13 donors funded Duterte’s presidency

By Karol Ilagan and Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism THE IMAGE Rodrigo R. Duterte projected of his 2016 presidential campaign was that it...

Maternal concerns: A look into the urban complexities of pregnancy and healthcare for women

Pregnancy and all its implications can all together be difficult to bear by women who live in varying social and economic conditions. To some it's...

[SPECIAL REPORT] The women in the Bangsamoro peace process: history, herstory

KUALA LUMPUR (MindaNews/28 January)  —  When the history of the peace process between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Bangsamoro is written, the story...

Money politics and the May 2013 elections ‘High rollers’ rule Senate donors, give P795-M...

WHILE MOST of the tycoons who bankrolled candidates and political parties in the 2010 Presidential elections were curiously absent, the 2013 midterm elections still...

Money politics & the May 2013 elections: Poll laws in limbo: Firms can’t donate...

LAWYERS ARE taught early on to make the distinction between companies and their officers and shareholders. But Rona Ann Caritos, acting Executive Director of...

Money politics & the May 2013 elections: Top execs of barred firms funded...

First of Three Parts IN THEORY, elections are supposed to be the great leveler or equalizer of democracy. The vote of any ordinary man scraping...

SPECIAL REPORT: Moratorium on fish cage operations sought to save Lake Sebu from dying

LAKE SEBU, South Cotabato (MindaNews/10 March) --  A paradise lost. Seventy-five year old Sindoy Cuyan recalls how as a young T’boli girl, swimming in Lake...

SPECIAL REPORT: 306 fisherfolk still missing; A city in quiet grief

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/12 December) - Typhoon Pablo may have spared residents here from its wrath and fury when it swatted across large areas...

The Tampakan Project: battle over Southeast Asia’s largest copper-gold deposit (2)

Last of two parts TAMPAKAN, South Cotabato (MindaNews/12 Nov) —Potentially the largest foreign direct investment in the Philippines, the $5.9 billion Tampakan mining project faces...
MINE SITE. Mt. Matutum, a dormant volcano and South Cotabato's landmark peak, beckons from the mines development site of Sagittarius Mines, Inc.. MindaNews photo by Bong Sarmiento

SPECIAL REPORT: The Tampakan project: battle over Southeast Asia’s largest copper-gold reserve (1)

1st of two parts TAMPAKAN, South Cotabato (MindaNews/11 Nov) -- How huge is the proposed open pit mine that will gouge out a mountain here...

WHERE HAVE ALL THE FORESTS GONE? (3): Illegal logging intensifies in Surigao Sur despite...

CARMEN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/19 September) – Fr. Raymond Ambray, spokesperson of Caraga Watch, an environment watchdog composed of various churches and sectoral groups, said they found an unlikely ally in the Surigao Development Corporation (Sudecor).

WHERE HAVE ALL THE FORESTS GONE? Illegal logging intensifies in Surigao Sur despite total...

CARMEN, Surigao del Sur (MindaNews/17 September) -- The Aquino administration’s total log ban is endangering, instead of protecting, the remaining forest cover in the six towns of Surigao del Sur, as illegal logging activities have intensified at such an alarming scale, a church-led group here said.

10 years of US military presence (2): Post-blast investigations and trainings on high-tech weapons

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – It was not the first time American soldiers were seen taking part in actual security activities of the...

10 years of US military presence (2): A trail of abuses, a string of...

2nd of three parts GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/17 July) – A trail of abuses on the one hand, and on the other, a string of...

Coast Watch Stations a major feature in recently concluded CARAT 2012

MAASIM, Sarangani (MindaNews/16 July) -- From afar, the steel facility looks like a cellular phone tower but it is not. It is called the...

A DECADE OF US TROOPS IN MINDANAO: Revisiting the Visiting Forces Agreement

Among the first to file petitions before the Supreme Court questioning the constitutionality of the VFA were the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, the Philippine Constitution Association, and Senators Teofisto Guingona Jr., Raul Roco and Sergio Osmena III.

A DECADE OF US TROOPS IN MINDANAO: Revisiting the Visiting Forces Agreement (2)

2nd of three parts Singapore solution On 13 September 1991, the Philippine Senate, voting 12-11, rejected the renewal of the Military Bases Agreement. Nationalists called it a...

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