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[PCIJ] Yolanda: The disaster that lingers still

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 | Written by
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The money trail of disaster aid By Earl G. Parreño Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism WHEN IT became evident that Typhoon Ruby was going to slam through central Philippines in December last year, many began wondering what would happen to the thousands who were still homeless more than a year after Super Typhoon Yolanda rampaged through communities in the Visayas…Read More »

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Why public school teachers deserve a salary increase

Tuesday, 25 November 2014 | Written by
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Reynaldo Weber, 53 years old has been a public school teacher for the past 33 years. He teaches Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) in F. Calderon Integrated High School in Manila. For the past 33 years, Reynaldo said his salary cannot suffice for his family’s needs. He said aside from his obligations, he too spends his own money for his…Read More »

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Kill the bill: Anti-political dynasty measure in hands of PH lawmakers

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 | Written by
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The 16th Congress of the House of Representatives is set to kill the proposed bill prohibiting powerful clans from dominating the Philippine politics. In a radio interview on August 28, 2014, President Benigno Aquino III said that he would sign the law once Congress approves it. Senate President Franklin Drilon quickly assured that the 24-member senate can pass the legislation.…Read More »

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My Teacher, My Hero: Celebrating National Teachers’ Month

Thursday, 11 September 2014 | Written by
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“A teacher affects eternity. He can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams Teachers have always occupied a special place in our hearts. I, for one, have the highest regard for them since we have two teachers in the family – first, my mother, who taught for 27 years, and my older sister Reyn, who now teaches Tourism…Read More »

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SONA 2014: A shaken regime

Friday, 1 August 2014 | Written by
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  All the previous issues that faced the Aquino presidency are like relentless jabs pounding its body, and the pork barrel and DAP are like powerful blows straight to the head of the regime.  Since his first State of the Nation Address (Sona) in 2010, President Aquino has seen the steady erosion of his legitimacy as the empty presidential slogans…Read More »

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[PCIJ] Framing DAP

Thursday, 24 July 2014 | Written by
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THE STORY of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) has been debated using various frames. President Benigno S. Aquino III has offered the “right vs. wrong” frame, saying that “even our most vociferous critics grant that DAP has benefited our people.” He said he rejected the resignation of Budget Secretary Florencio ‘Butch’ Abad because to accept it was “to assign to…Read More »

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[PCIJ] The P144-B DAP Express: Results, impact? DBM, COA figures clash

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 | Written by
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By Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism  Last of Three Parts   IN ITS 2012 Annual Financial Report for National Government, the Commission on Audit (COA) said regular appropriation for programmed activities of the departments and agencies of the national government amounted to P868.92 billion. The amount includes P11.28 billion in SAGF (Special Account in the General Fund) for…Read More »

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[PCIJ] The P144-B DAP Express: Funds freed in a rush, projects yield slow results

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 | Written by
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        By Malou Mangahas, Karol Ilagan, and Rowena F. Caronan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism  Second of Three Parts THE GOOD, the bad, and the dead combine, in terms of projects and activities, under the Aquino administration’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which is now wreaking havoc on relations between institutions, as well as between the government and…Read More »

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[PCIJ] The story of DAP

Monday, 21 July 2014 | Written by
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By Rowena F. Caronan and Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism IT TOOK a peeved senator, who was being accused of corruption, for the public to be inadvertently introduced to what is now known as DAP or the Disbursement Acceleration Program. Yet almost a year after Senator Jose ‘Jinggoy’ Ejercito Estrada – now in jail for alleged plunder –…Read More »

[PCIJ] The P144-B DAP Express: A maze of good, bad, open, opaque projects

Monday, 21 July 2014 | Written by

By Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism First of Three Parts “Good intentions are not good enough.” That, according to Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio ‘Babes’ Singson, is the lesson from the sorry episode that was the Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP. The Supreme Court on July 1 voted 13-0 to declare DAP unconstitutional in part because of…Read More »

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