Category Archives: Special Reports

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 study in the journal Science. The trash is piling up on land, clogging coastlines, spilling into the sea, and traveling to remote corners of the globe as the country fails to meet […]

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

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 had its corporate registration revoked. The officers of four others are facing trial for alleged graft. Two have direct connections to politicians, some others had sealed deals via financial […]

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

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 seven PCIJ editors and reporters, and three student interns, over the last eight months. It builds on 11 gigabytes of documents and data that PCIJ has gathered from at least […]

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 the “lowest calculated bid.” The bid will be subjected next to post-qualification, which involves verifying if it has complied with the requirements listed below. Complying with these prerequisites makes […]

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 fitting moment to end the day in a glorious mood. It is usually during these times when a bunch of local fishermen often gather to share a round of tuba or […]

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

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 contracts to build transitional shelter units and roads for residents of Marawi City and nearby villages of Lanao del Sur, where homes and villages last year were destroyed in […]

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 to bedevil the Commission on Elections (Comelec) – and with reason. Indeed, despite giving the candidates in the May 2016 elections a controversial three-week extension to submit their respective election-spending reports, […]

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, residents of Wao town in Lanao del Sur staged a rally to express their desire to be excluded from the proposed political entity that seeks to end decades of armed conflict […]

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 on the Bangsamoro and Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro towards healing in the Bangsamoro,” and “completion of implementation of remaining commitments under the GPH-MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) Peace Agreement for […]

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

BARANGAY LAYOG, Pagalungan, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 19 Feb) — At the height of the wars between government forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in 2000 and 2003, hundreds of thousands of civilians were displaced and languished in evacuation centers. For months, they endured cramped evacuation centers where they built temporary shelters made of […]