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End of a Canadian dream: Filipino temporary foreign workers face deportation

Sunday, 5 April 2015 | Written by
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Losing your job on April 1 is not an April Fool’s prank for some 70,000 temporary foreign workers in Alberta, Canada. They are due to leave theircountry of work due to the ‘four-in-four-out’ Temporary Foreign Worker Program as the federal government of Canada invalidated their working permits starting April 1. Effective April 1, 2011, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada has…Read More »

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Groups plea to save another Filipina OFW in death row

Friday, 3 April 2015 | Written by
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International migrant workers group Migrante has sent an open letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo as another Filipino was sentenced to death due to drug trafficking. Mary Jane Veloso, 30, was caught with 2.6 kilograms of heroin in Yogyakarta Airport in April 2010. In October 2010, she was sentenced to death through firing squad. Her appeal for judicial review was…Read More »

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10 Outdated Crimes in the Philippines

Thursday, 12 February 2015 | Written by
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The Revised Penal Code (RPC), the body of laws providing for most crimes for which a person may be deprived of his life (although at present, the Death Sentence Law is suspended), liberty and property, is one of the antiquated laws Filipinos still have to deal with today. The RPC was enacted in 1930, which makes it older than the…Read More »

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Hocus PCOS: An elections ‘hostaged’ by a single supplier

Wednesday, 4 February 2015 | Written by
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Continued from Part 1 “Comelec’s confounding decisions on the AES” by Marjohara Tucay In the current scheme of things, it appears that the Philippine election system has been “taken hostage” by a single supplier, Smartmatic. “What document did Comelec use to consider that Smartmatic is the only one qualified to do diagnostic work? There has been no independent agency or…Read More »

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Hocus PCOS: Comelec’s confounding decisions on the AES

Saturday, 31 January 2015 | Written by
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(First of two parts) By Marjohara Tucay The 2016 presidential elections is just around the corner, and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is in the thick of not just the preparations, but controversy once again, with its recent decision to again tap Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) Corporation for diagnostics and refurbishment of existing 82,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) even…Read More »

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[PCIJ] Relief protocols and rules

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 | Written by
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By Fernando Cabigao Jr. Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism A FEW weeks after Super Typhoon Yolanda rampaged through Eastern Visayas in early November 2013, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) found itself caught in a swirl of controversies regarding the repacking and delivery of relief goods. For example, several news agencies reported that relief goods from Indonesia were…Read More »

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[PCIJ] Tacloban City: Politics and disaster a bad mix

Monday, 19 January 2015 | Written by
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By Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism DISASTERS USUALLY bring people together, but a few weeks after Yolanda, a video that seemed to highlight a political divide amid tragedy went viral. In particular, it showed Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel ‘Mar’ Roxas III berating a sad-sack Tacloban City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez, telling him in so many words…Read More »

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[PCIJ] Yolanda Donors: Who, what, why, how much?

Monday, 19 January 2015 | Written by
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By Fernando Cabigao Jr. and Charmaine P. Lirio Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism EXACTLY THREE months after Yolanda struck central Philippines, the government launched a worldwide campaign to thank everyone who had rushed to the country’s aid in the super typhoon’s aftermath. Aside from print and TV ads, the government also paid for billboards in nine famous cities across the…Read More »

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[PCIJ] Disaster Aid: A Burger Joint Rises

Sunday, 18 January 2015 | Written by
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By Charmaine P. Lirio Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism TACLOBAN CITY – THEY MAY or may not have suffered considerable loss when Typhoon Yolanda plowed through Tacloban City and other areas in central Philippines, but friends Trisha Torres and Vanessa Salazar look too busy to think about any tragedies. The pair happens to be freshman entrepreneurs and most of the…Read More »

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[PCIJ] Yolanda’s Nightingales: No time to grieve for kin

Thursday, 15 January 2015 | Written by
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By Che de los Reyes Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism FOR SOMEONE just hearing the stories, they sound like episode after episode of the “Walking Dead” TV series. But what Jermaine Bayas and other aid workers witnessed in Tacloban in the Yolanda aftermath was stark reality. “People were walking aimlessly, their faces blank,” Bayas says of what he saw right…Read More »

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