Vera Files
  • March 16, 2015BOI requested for interview with Aquino

    BOI requested for interview with Aquino

    By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS IT is not true that the Board of Inquiry did not try to ask the side of President Aquino on the Jan. 25 Mamasapano tragedy that claimed 67 lives including 44 of the country’s elite police commandos, 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and five civilians, including an eight-year […]

  • March 11, 2015China’s latest expansion to deny PH access to Ayungin shoal

    China’s latest expansion to deny PH access to Ayungin shoal

    By TESSA JAMANDRE CHINA has created new artificial islets in two more reefs in the disputed South China Sea, which the Philippine military fears is meant to choke off its access to Ayungin shoal, where a crumbling Philippine Navy ship is beached. In an interview, former Air Force officer Rep. Francisco Acedillo, now partylist representative..

  • February 27, 2015Learning about Down Syndrome from Celina

    Learning about Down Syndrome from Celina

    Text and photos by OFELIA EMPIAN LA TRINIDAD, Benguet—She whirls around the room with her apron on. She wipes the table clean,then stacks the yellow plastic plates, and forks and spoons in the basket. Her teacher beams and praises her student: “Very good!” Celina Sakiwat smiles, sits and waits for her sister to fetch her […]

  • February 26, 2015Grief lingers a month after the Mamasapano tragedy

    Grief lingers a month after the Mamasapano tragedy

      By JOHNNA VILLAVIRAY GIOLAGON TUKANALIPAO, Mamasapano – The old woman sat gravely in a corner of an unfinished classroom in Mamasapano town as an officer from the regional government explained that her group will be receiving complimentary health insurance. Her head was covered with a maroon hijab, the bright color belying the sorrow in..


    We understand

    We understand

    March 28, 2015

        By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS HE couldn’t even mention the incident that he was asking the public for understanding. In his speech at the commencement exercise of the Philippine National Police..

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    Founded in March 2008, VERA Files is published by veteran Filipino journalists taking a deeper look into current Philippine issues. Vera is Latin for “true.”
    • The Right to Vote: Filipinos with Disabilities and the 2013 Elections
    • Silenced: Extrajudicial Killings and Torture in the Philippines
    • Democracy at Gunpoint: Election-Related Violence in the Philippines
    • Local edge: Decent work–Stories from the grassroots
    • Bittersweet Stories of Farm Workers in the Philippines
    • Reporting on Millennium Development Goal 5: Improve maternal and reproductive health (A primer for journalists)


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