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Now, it’s media’s fault

Now, it’s media’s fault

   By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS IN trying to control damage wrought by the President Duterte’s verbal rampage against the United Nations in..

August 24, 2016
Is that so? Pacquiao wants death penalty despite saying he’s pro-life

Is that so? Pacquiao wants death penalty despite saying he’s pro-life

IN his first privilege speech as a senator, Manny Pacquiao pushed for the reinstatement of the death penalty for heinous crimes, such as..

August 22, 2016
Is that so? Duterte, Alvarez shift from Con-Con to Con-Ass

Is that so? Duterte, Alvarez shift from Con-Con to Con-Ass

PRESIDENT Duterte has mentioned time and again that he wants the Constitution changed. But he has flip-flopped on how he wants it done. A..

August 20, 2016
Well- meaning warning to the President from an ally

Well- meaning warning to the President from an ally

(Quote on immunity from suits starts at 17:40 mins)   By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS In many of his speeches , President Rodrigo Duterte..

August 17, 2016
Do we take  President Duterte seriously?

Do we take President Duterte seriously?

  By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS I take him seriously because the  president of the Republic of the Philippines is so powerful that with a..

August 12, 2016
Is that so? Duterte on a ‘not-so-all-out’ war against Abu Sayyaf

Is that so? Duterte on a ‘not-so-all-out’ war against Abu Sayyaf

TO PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte, they’re thugs to be stamped out. Or so he sometimes says. “There is no redeeming factor or reason for me..

August 8, 2016
Is that so? Bringing the death penalty back from the dead

Is that so? Bringing the death penalty back from the dead

TEN years since the Philippine legislature abolished death penalty in the country, the 17th Congress made capital punishment a buzzword..

August 6, 2016
Side effects of Duterte’s war against illegal drugs

Side effects of Duterte’s war against illegal drugs

By ELLEN T. TORDESILLAS DO you feel sick watching daily images on TV and newspapers of people killed, lying lifeless on the sidewalks..

August 5, 2016
U.S. lauds PH gov’t efforts against human trafficking; first Southeast Asian country to reach Tier 1

U.S. lauds PH gov’t efforts against human trafficking; first Southeast Asian country to reach Tier 1

By NICOLE-ANNE LAGRIMAS AND PAUL JOHN DOMALAON SILENCE was the name of the game when Jane* was forced into prostitution. Threatened by her..

August 4, 2016
Is that so? Duterte unclear on BBL

Is that so? Duterte unclear on BBL

STATEMENT: In his first state of the nation address Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte, digressing from a prepared speech, talked about the..

August 4, 2016
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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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