Vera Files
  • August 31, 2015ASEAN urged to stop enforced disappearances

    ASEAN urged to stop enforced disappearances

      By JAKE SORIANO SOMBATH Somphone is easily recognized because of his white hair. The white is clearly visible in the grainy CCTV footage that recorded the last time he was seen alive. More than the said physical attribute, Sombath is a distinguished man, not just in his native country Laos. A civil society leader […]

  • August 25, 2015Out of the Balikbayan Box

    Out of the Balikbayan Box

    (Note: This article on balikbayan boxes was written 10 years ago when the author was still connected to the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. It a recollection of her experiences as a recipient of “stateside” goods via balikbayan boxes, and a look at what has become a multi-million dollar industry. )   By LUZ RIMBAN..

  • August 14, 2015BBL without IP rights ‘genocide,’ says advocate in counter-SONA event

    BBL without IP rights ‘genocide,’ says advocate in counter-SONA event

    By JAKE SORIANO WEEKS after President Benigno Aquino III in his final State of the Nation Address (SONA) urged the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) during his last year in office, leaders of various indigenous peoples (IP) groups said the proposed legislation violates their rights and will lead to their “disintegration.” “In its..

  • August 10, 2015National Library lacks Filipiniana materials in Braille and large print

    National Library lacks Filipiniana materials in Braille and large print

    Text and photos by JHESSET THRINA O. ENANO WHEN Ronald Manguiat was still studying at the Philippine Normal University (PNU) in Manila, the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) on T.M. Kalaw Avenue a few blocks away was his go-to place. He visited the library almost daily in his four years in college, relying heavily […]


    INC’s overrated election clout

    INC’s overrated election clout

    August 30, 2015

                                By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS THE Iglesia ni Cristo is making a mockery of Philippine laws and personalities who are aspiring for the presidency are either..

    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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