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  • January 5, 2015Near-site relocation mulled for urban forest dwellers

    Near-site relocation mulled for urban forest dwellers

    By ANTONIO JOSE GALAURAN and LUIS ADRIAN HIDALGO (Conclusion) IN May 2013, a few months after the University of the Philippines-Diliman signed an agreement with the agriculture and environment departments and the UP Beta Sigma Fraternity to develop its 22-hectare arboretum into a National Botanical Garden, residents of Pook Arboretum barricaded a..

  • January 4, 2015Saving Metro Manila’s remaining urban forest

    Saving Metro Manila’s remaining urban forest

    By ANTONIO JOSE GALAURAN and LUIS ADRIAN HIDALGO (First of two parts) IN the midst of the concrete jungle that Metro Manila has become, a forest continues to thrive. But the 22-hectare University of the Philippines Arboretum is in peril, owing to the inroads of urbanization and influx of informal settlers in the last five decades. […]

  • December 23, 2014Maguindanao town celebrates unity through dancing

    Maguindanao town celebrates unity through dancing

    Text by JAKE SORIANO; Photos by KAYE SORIANO UPI, Maguindanao—Drums beat loud and fast. A showcase of moves with the bilao and the indigenous basket biton for props, a splash of colors and folk rhythms thundering from the agong and the kulintang filled the streets of this town up in the mountains. Already on its 12th […]

  • December 16, 2014Global study ranks PH 15th largest exporter of illegal capital

    Global study ranks PH 15th largest exporter of illegal capital

    By YVONNE T. CHUA THE Philippines and three other ASEAN members count among the top 20 developing countries in the world identified as the biggest exporters of illicit capital over the last decade, according to a global report. The report, released worldwide Monday (Tuesday in Manila) by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington D.C.-based..

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    The nation mourns

    The nation mourns

    January 30, 2015

      By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS IT took him four days to say something about the worst tragedy in the history of the country’s  police force and when the bodies of the fallen police officers arrived at..

     
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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.”
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