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Prayers amid dismay for justice for victims of Ampatuan massacre

Prayers amid dismay for justice for victims of Ampatuan massacre

    By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS FIVE years ago, a crime so heinous was perpetrated by persons in authority, in a remote village in..

November 23, 2014
The reign of the idiots

The reign of the idiots

By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS I’M staggered by the justifications of Health Acting Secretary Janet Garin and Armed Forces Chief Malacañang of..

November 21, 2014
PH government response to modern slavery third best in Asia Pacific – report

PH government response to modern slavery third best in Asia Pacific – report

By JAKE SORIANO LONDON, United Kingdom—The Philippine government’s efforts to address modern slavery despite a lack of resources has..

November 19, 2014
Binay 2016 scenario: The worst is yet to come

Binay 2016 scenario: The worst is yet to come

  BY ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS AFTER Vice President Jejomar Binay backed out of the scheduled debate, which he himself suggested, with Sen...

November 17, 2014
10 min Aquino-Xi talk paves way for major policy shift towards China

10 min Aquino-Xi talk paves way for major policy shift towards China

BY ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS IT took only ten minutes under the chilly air at the lakeside garden in the suburb of Beijing to thaw the two-year..

November 14, 2014
Will Binay also withdraw from 2016 presidential race?

Will Binay also withdraw from 2016 presidential race?

  By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS NO one is really surprised that Vice President Jejomar Binay backed out of the Nov. 27 debate with Sen. Antonio..

November 12, 2014
Human rights abuse victims file last minute claims as Congress is set to extend deadline

Human rights abuse victims file last minute claims as Congress is set to extend deadline

Text and video by LUZ RIMBAN VICTIMS of human rights abuses during the martial law years are rushing to beat the Nov. 10 deadline set by..

November 10, 2014
APEC summit: an opportunity for renewal of PH-China ties

APEC summit: an opportunity for renewal of PH-China ties

By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS PRESIDENT Aquino today is in the lakeside resort in Yanqihu, 50 kilometers from Beijing, for the 22nd summit of..

November 10, 2014
Manicani in Guiuan, Eastern Samar sets example

Manicani in Guiuan, Eastern Samar sets example

By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS GUIAN, Eastern Samar – It was in this town at the southernmost tip of Samar Island that typhoon Yolanda..

November 7, 2014
Always be responsible: challenge to media of increased public trust

Always be responsible: challenge to media of increased public trust

By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS THE PDAF and DAP scandals have a lot to do with the increase in the trust of the people on media, the decline of..

November 3, 2014
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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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  • 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
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  • 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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