Duterte's war: Breaking bad?

Big kill of small fry, puny
drugs haul, defies PNP rules

BANGKAY SA BANGKETA… kasi nga drug pusher ako. This is the sad refrain in a sardonic poem that a young Filipina wrote and read in a video she posted last week on her Facebook page. It does not matter, she averred, that the so-called drug pushers falling by the dozens of late had not been […]

Alamin ang ating mga karapatan!
Know, defend, assert our rights!

ANUMAN ANG SITWASYON, NANANATILING LUBOS AT HINDI DAPAT YURAKAN ANG ATING MGA BATAYANG KARAPATAN. KABILANG DITO ANG MGA SUMUSUNOD: (In any situation, you do not lose your basic rights, such as….)• Karapatang mabuhay (The right to life);• Karapatang hindi ma-torture o isailalim sa malupit, di-makatao, at kahiya-hiyang pakitungo o parusa (The right not to be […]

101 political clans rule polls
in top 20-vote rich provinces

THROUGHOUT THE 24 years of elections in the Philippines’s 20 provinces with the most number of registered voters, family names on the ballots seem to keep repeating themselves, the same ones popping up over and over again. It’s a situation that goes against the equal access to opportunities for public service guaranteed by the 1987 […]


SALN files of 5 wannabe presidents
writ in opaque, loose, curious parts

THEY ARE MULTIMILLIONAIRES, affluent and ambitious to the last.On Monday, May 9, Filipinos will get to pick one among them to be president, and another to be vice president, of the nation.The candidates themselves have tried to make it easier for voters to choose. Months ahead of the official campaign period, for instance, four of […]

Who's richer? Who's poorer?

Robredo, Escudero, Trillanes:
What their 2015 SALN show

THREE OF THE SIX candidates for vice president have released copies of their respective Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) for 2015 within 24 hours upon receipt of PCIJ’s request.The three – Senator Francis Escudero of Team Galing at Puso, independent candidate Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, and Representative Leni Robredo of the administration […]

Kamag-anak, Inc.: Power is family to 5 wannabe prez

VOTERS KEEN in assessing the fitness for office of the five candidates for President in the upcoming elections may want to look at the presidentiables’ political pedigree and blood relations. The five, after all, have occupied elective and appointive posts from a minimum of five to a maximum of 24 years. They spring, too, from […]

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