Vera Files
  • September 14, 2014Give us our billions for shelters, ‘Yolanda’ victims cry

    Give us our billions for shelters, ‘Yolanda’ victims cry

    By AVIGAIL OLARTE TACLOBAN CITY—Inside the white, family-sized tent, Delia Capangan stood in the middle of what she now calls home sweating.  It was mid-afternoon, but the heat clung to the skin, raw and burning. Capangan, 61, is one of more than 2,000 people still living in tents here. Strewn about her were pieces of […]

  • August 29, 2014Magdalo Rep scores neglect of PH-occupied territories in Spratlys

    Magdalo Rep scores neglect of PH-occupied territories in Spratlys

    By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS IN the power point presentation Rep. Ashley Acedillo of the Magdalo Party showed last Wednesday, he compared the massive fortification and expansion of the Chinese of their occupied reefs in the disputed Spratlys area in the South China with the miserable state of the islands and reefs occupied by the Philippines.

  • August 29, 2014UP proclaims Nora Aunor ‘Nation’s Artist’

    UP proclaims Nora Aunor ‘Nation’s Artist’

    By UP Journ 102 THR SUPERSTAR Nora Aunor, who used to sell water near train tracks and never got past Grade 2, said she felt like a college graduate after receiving the Gawad Plaridel from the University of the Philippines on Aug. 27. The Gawad Plaridel is the highest honor the country’s premier university bestows […]

  • August 7, 2014Aquino sisters wanted Abad out; Hyatt 10 came to his rescue

    Aquino sisters wanted Abad out; Hyatt 10 came to his rescue

      By Ellen T. Tordesillas From our always reliable source : A few days after the Supreme Court declared parts of the Disbursement Accelerated Program or DAP unconstitutional last July 1, the three presidential sisters- Ballsy Cruz, Pinky Abellada, and Kris Aquino (Viel Dee didn’t join them) talked with the President to let go of […]


    Run, PNoy, Run

    Run, PNoy, Run

    September 15, 2014

    By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS I have lost track counting the number of somersaults that President Aquino and his spokesmen have performed on the issue of whether he wants to stay in Malacañang after his term ends..

    About Us

    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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