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Witnesses in Lumad killings share their grief, stories

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 | Written by
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Imelda Balandres remembered vividly how her cousin, Lumad leader Dionel Campos was killed by paramilitary forces in the early morning of Sept. 1. Several heavily-armed men belonging to the Magahat Bagani forced villager out of their houses and gathered them at the nearby basketball court. Campos was dragged in the middle of the basketball court where he was shot in…Read More »

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[PCIJ]11 TVIs at TESDA: Sister firms, linked to pols, not SEC-registered

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 | Written by
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By Fernando Cabigao Jr. and Vino Lucero Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism   Sixth of a Series  THEY ARE supposed to be top-rate technical vocational institutions (TVIs), which is why they bagged millions of pesos from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA. Or actually, from the pork-barrel funds of some legislators that had been loaded up in…Read More »

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[PCIJ] TESDA’s billions: Goody story turns sorry with pork

Monday, 24 August 2015 | Written by
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By Malou Mangahas, Fernando Cabigao Jr., and Vino Lucero Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism   Fifth of a Series   TWO PICTURES in stark contrast have been drawn about one agency: the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).   The first, a none-too-flattering one, by the Commission on Audit (COA), which speaks of “deficiencies” by the dozen in the…Read More »

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[PCIJ] TRC in zombieland still, 2 years after pork scam

Thursday, 20 August 2015 | Written by
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By Davinci S. Maru and Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism Fourth of a Series AT THE height of the media hoopla over the pork-barrel scam two years ago, Dennis Cunanan had a perennially furrowed brow that matched a grim countenance. But the Dennis Cunanan who sat down with PCIJ recently looked relaxed – which is not exactly what…Read More »

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[PCIJ] Lean Harvest for “Daang Matuwid”

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 | Written by
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24 solons in DOJ pork complaints, free pass for 94 more in COA list? By Earl G. Parreño Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism Third in a Series   FIGHTING corruption has been one of the top priorities of President Benigno S. Aquino III. Or so he claims.  He bannered the slogan “kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap” during the 2010 presidential…Read More »

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[PCIJ] Solons in pork scam list: 38 LP, 33 UNA, 11 dead

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 | Written by
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  By Rowena F. Caronan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism  Second in a Series   AS THINGS stand, it looks like the ruling coalition led by the Liberal Party (LP) of President Benigno S. Aquino III has more members implicated in the pork-barrel scandal than parties belonging to the opposition. Of the 114 legislators who were allegedly involved in anomalous…Read More »

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[PCIJ] The modus of pork crooks

Tuesday, 18 August 2015 | Written by
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CORRUPTION, an apparent eternal scourge of Philippine government and politics, is firmly entrenched in many public agencies.   It thrives often in secret, but its murky methods are the known tools of trade of crooks, big and small. They include the authors and architects – the big fish who conceive and command it, and draw the largest sums – as…Read More »

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[PCIJ] Pork ala Gloria, Pork ala Pinoy

Monday, 17 August 2015 | Written by
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By Malou Mangahas                                                                                                                      Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (Part one of a series) “KAHINDIK-HINDIK” or horrible in English, was how then Commission on Audit (COA) Chairperson Maria Gracia Pulido-Tan described the corruption in pork that her team of 18 COA Special Audits Office staff and a Technical Audit specialist uncovered when they scrutinized pork-barrel projects supposedly implemented from 2007 to…Read More »

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SONA 2015: A Legacy of A Disconnected Economy

Saturday, 25 July 2015 | Written by
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  by Sonny Africa, IBON Foundation Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III will give his last state of the nation address (SONA) at the opening of Congress next week. After so many political controversies, with the heads of state of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members arriving for their summit in November, and with the May 2016 elections on the horizon,…Read More »

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PH and US gov’ts guilty of rights violations – Int’l people’s court

Friday, 24 July 2015 | Written by
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Guilty. This was the verdict of the recently concluded International People’s Tribunal (IPT) held from July 16 to 18 in Washington D.C. The IPT, an opinion tribunal, heard personal accounts from human rights lawyers, survivors and families of victim of rights violations committed by the Philippine government forces. Azadeh Shahshahani, prominent human rights attorney and author, delivered the verdict declaring Philippine…Read More »

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