Vera Files
  • June 21, 2016The fault beneath our schools: West Valley Fault forces demolition of school buildings, displaces hundreds of students in Muntinlupa

    The fault beneath our schools: West Valley Fault forces demolition of school buildings, displaces hundreds of students in Muntinlupa

    By ALLAN YVES BRIONES, BRYAN EZRA GONZALES and MA. LUISA PINEDA A FEW weeks before classes opened, the noise of hammers and saws resonated throughout the two-story Values Education Building of the Pedro E. Diaz High School (PEDHS) in Muntinlupa. Outside the building lay strewn desktops, plywood and filers teeming with documents of all sorts. But..

  • June 13, 2016First day low: Lack of teachers, facilities welcomes PWD students as school starts

    First day low: Lack of teachers, facilities welcomes PWD students as school starts

    By ALLAN YVES BRIONES, PAUL JOHN DOMALAON, BRYAN EZRA GONZALES, NICOLE-ANNE LAGRIMAS and ARIANNE CHRISTIAN TAPAO “CHILDREN with disabilities are like butterflies with a broken wing. They are just as beautiful as all others, but they need help to spread their wings.” Maria Theresa Marquina, 41, reads the quote on the tarpaulin she is about..

  • May 30, 2016Traffic jams: The silent killer

    Traffic jams: The silent killer

    By MICHAEL JOE T. DELIZO A man was gasping for air inside a public utility van packed with 20 passengers stuck in a traffic on Park Avenue Extension in Pasay City. It was 9:45 p.m., November 18, 2015. Twenty-one world leaders were in Manila for the 23rd summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). […]

  • May 25, 2016After Aquino ‘kills’ FOI bill, advocates see hope in Duterte

    After Aquino ‘kills’ FOI bill, advocates see hope in Duterte

    By BRYAN EZRA GONZALES, MATTHEW REYSIO-CRUZ and KRIXIA ZHIENELLE SUBINGSUBING INCOMING president Rodrigo Duterte has promised to issue on his first day in office an executive order mandating Freedom of Information (FOI), the first of what appear to be several marching orders for his administration. Although an executive order would be limited only..

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    Waiting for Duterte’s metamorphosis

    Waiting for Duterte’s metamorphosis

    June 29, 2016

       By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS ON June 30, President Benigno Aquino III steps down as the 15th president of the Philippines and Rodrigo R. Duterte becomes the 16th president of the Philippines. From now on,..

     
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