Vera Files


On Deaf Awareness Week, advocates seek passage of laws toward inclusivity

BY JAKE SORIANO WHEN President Benigno S. Aquino III delivered his inaugural address on live television in June 2010, he said people know..

November 14, 2014

Advocates urge adoption of child-friendly policies after disasters

By JAKE SORIANO A YEAR after the country was struck by the deadliest typhoon ever to hit land, child advocates are pushing for measures..

November 8, 2014

Stricter laws sought to curb illegal fishing

A HEAVY penalty of P10 million for serious fishery violations is being proposed to combat illegal and unreported fishing, a senior..

November 5, 2014
PH gov’t officials absent in global Internet Governance Forum

PH gov’t officials absent in global Internet Governance Forum

By JAKE SORIANO ISTANBUL, Turkey—The Philippine government is a no-show here at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the biggest global..

September 5, 2014
Mauled cabbie won’t file case vs TV host

Mauled cabbie won’t file case vs TV host

  By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS THE taxi driver mauled by a TV5 host has decided not to press charges after the latter apologized. TJ Ballega..

July 30, 2014

TV host mauls taxi driver; no money for P78 fare

  By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS A TV show host, who said he had no money to pay the P78.50 fare, mauled a taxi driver Wednesday morning in front..

July 24, 2014
Lack of interpreter stalls case of 12 Vietnamese poachers in Sulu

Lack of interpreter stalls case of 12 Vietnamese poachers in Sulu

By JOSEPH ARNEL DELIVERIO JOLO, Sulu—Twelve Vietnamese fishermen detained here for stealing endangered marine animals two years ago have..

July 21, 2014

Antipolo steps up efforts against human trafficking

By JANE DASAL UNLIKE big cities such as Davao, Manila and Quezon City, Antipolo City has yet to enact an anti-human trafficking ordinance..

May 29, 2014

Fire kills 6 Yolanda survivors

By REYAN ARINTO TACLOBAN CITY—Tragedy struck anew to a family that survived the fury of super typhoon Yolanda (international code name:..

May 28, 2014

Slow prosecution of human trafficking cases worries expert

By JANE DASAL THE Philippines has strong laws penalizing human trafficking, but the slow prosecution of cases remains a huge barrier in..

May 25, 2014
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.”
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