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VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Trump calls Resorts World incident a ‘terrorist attack’, was it?

Unites States President Donald Trump called the incident at Resorts World Manila early morning Friday a “terrorist attack.” STATEMENT Trump, at a White House press briefing 3:32 a.m., June 2 in Manila, before announcing his country’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, said: “I would like to begin by addressing the terrorist attack in Manila. […]

June 3, 2017  Tags: ,   Posted in: Peace and Order, Philippine National Police, Vera Files  No Comments

ASEAN 2017 bid rules skewed to favor one company?

By CHARMAINE C. DEOGRACIAS and ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS VERA Files Conclusion WHEN the government bidded out the P2.8 billion events management contract for the 50th anniversary of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations to be held in the Philippines this year, it tailor-made the criteria so that a favored company would bag the deal, […]

January 2, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  One Comment

DBM shortcuts bid process for P2.8 billion ASEAN hosting deal

By CHARMAINE C. DEOGRACIAS and ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS VERA Files First of two parts THE Department of Budget and Management-Procurement Service (DBM-PS) has allegedly violated the government procurement law when it bidded out the gargantuan P2.8 billion events management contract for the hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations conferences this year, a company […]

January 2, 2017  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  No Comments

Duterte wants media as watchdog and partner

By VERA Files President Duterte welcomes media’s role as watchdog even as he considers it a partner in informing the people about what the government is doing for them, a Palace official said. In a message he delivered in behalf of Press Secretary Martin Andanar at the launching of the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) website […]

November 26, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Media, Vera Files  2 Comments

SEC policy disallowing reverse search a blow to transparency

First things first: I’d like to thank each and every one who took time to attend the whole day launch and conference of the Media Ownership Monitor Philippines (http://philippines.mom-rsf.org/ ) last Thursday. My special thanks to Press Undersecretary Enrique Tandan who delivered the keynote address in behalf of Press Secretary Martin Andanar, who was in […]

November 21, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Media, Vera Files  4 Comments

Road safety journalism award launched

By Jake Soriano, VERA Files Journalist and VERA Files trustee Ellen Tordesillas announced on April 12 the launch of a new award to honor the best student work on road safety issues. The Chit Estella Road Safety Journalism Award, named in honor of journalist Lourdes “Chit” Estella-Simbulan, will be given next year as a special […]

April 22, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Health, Vera Files  2 Comments

Norman Sison

I haven’t bid Norman goodbye properly and I feel bad about it. Norman is a very good writer and it was a privilege for VERA Files to have him as one of our writers. When young writers inquire about contributing feature stories for VERA Files, a group that publishes in- depth and feature stories, I […]

March 28, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: General, Vera Files  No Comments

Beneficiaries seek accounting of MMFF funds

Text and photos Maria Feona Imperial VERA Files (First of two parts) Movies featuring the country’s most popular stars—including presidential sister Kris Aquino, comedian Vice Ganda, screen favorites John Lloyd Cruz and Jennylyn Mercado, and young love team Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza—are likely to make the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival another smash hit, […]

December 24, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Entertainment, Vera Files  5 Comments

PH and China dispute to continue despite U.N. Tribunal case

By Ellen T Tordesillas and Tessa Jamandre, VERA Files Despite the presence of a high-level Philippine team at the hearing of the Philippines’ case against China before the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) this week, the issue of who owns the contested islands in the South […]

July 5, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  4 Comments

PH, Vietnam to hold naval drills, scientific research in South China Sea

By Tessa Jamandre and Ellen Tordesillas VERA Files The Philippines and Vietnam have agreed to conduct joint naval drills and scientific studies amid concerns over China’s intensified reclamations in the South China Sea. The planned activities are part of the soon-to-be signed “Joint Statement on the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership between the Republic of […]

April 24, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  No Comments