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

The powers behind media in the Philippines

Oftentimes, many people including government officials blame media for the many problems that they face in their governance. Media-bashing was a standard fare in many of the speeches of former President Aquino. President Duterte has followed the same line. Although the media-bashing reflects a warped appreciation of the role of media, it is also a […]

November 16, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Media  One Comment

VERA Files, Reporters Without Borders Germany partner to monitor media ownership in PH

By YVETTE MORALES VERA Files has partnered with Reporters ohne Grenzen, German section of Reporters sans frontières (Reporters without Borders, RSF) to embark on a three-month study of media ownership in the Philippines. The Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) Philippines is part of RSF’s global project to study the extent of the concentration of media ownership, […]

September 5, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Media  3 Comments

Scholarship opportunities

I’d like to share here fellowship opportunities – two for journalists and two for students. Please take note of the deadlines for the submission of applications. The Jefferson Fellowships offer print and broadcast journalists from the United States, Asia and the Pacific Islands the unique opportunity to gain on-the-ground perspectives and build international networks to […]

January 9, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Education  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

Aquino last to know about canceled China trip

By Ellen Tordesillas,VERA Files Early last week, President Aquino was telling everybody—from the Vietnamese defense minister to guests at the 2013 Apolinario Mabini Awards in Malacanang—that he was pushing through with his Sept. 3 visit to China. The media reported the trip on Wednesday, and quoted the President saying, “Bibiyahe ho tayo next week. Mahaba […]

September 1, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  11 Comments

VERA Files and this site have been hacked.

I’m asking for your patience if you are experiencing problems with this blog. Together with the VERA Files site, we have been hacked. It’s a subtle kind of hacking but it’s making it a little difficult for us. It’s a bit irritating. We are fixing this problem. Please bear with us. Ellen

July 21, 2012  Tags:   Posted in: General  303 Comments

DepEd questioned on P1.32B textbook contracts

By Yvonne T. Chua VERA Files If things go as planned, the Department of Education will start delivering this month 61.4 million copies of textbooks and teachers’ manuals worth P2.58 billion to public elementary and high schools nationwide. The shipments consist of some 40 titles, both old and new, all of them expected to be […]

December 5, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Education, Vera Files  3 Comments

Will Spratlys tension pave the way for US troops in PH?

To those who got excited with the statement of United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ambassador Harry Thomas about supporting the Philippines in the Spratlys issue, read carefully what they said. Thomas said: “We are allies. We will continue to work with each other in all issues including the South China Sea and […]

July 1, 2011  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Military  6 Comments