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The Crises of Representation in the Philippines and the Role of Charter Change

Members of the House of Representatives pose for posterity following a five-hour orientation on the intricacies and art of being effective legislators, held on July 2013. Photos by G. Engay and P. Camero, Media Relations Service, House of Representatives.
The Aquino Administration would like to believe that it has made strides in improving transparency and accountability. While there is empirical support for this, corruption is not the only gripping problem of Philippine democracy. There is also a need to improve government responsiveness, political inclusion, and popular participation.
There is reason to believe that current political leadership has not paid attention to these …

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Visualizing the Ties that Bind in the PDAF

The release of the Commission on Audit (COA) Special Audits Office Report No. 2012-031 opened a wealth of data that gives us a glimpse into how the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the so-called Various Infrastructure, Including Local Projects (VILP) funds were used by government agencies. The report gives a government-wide Performance Audit of the PDAF and the VILP of various implementing agencies from 2007 to 2009.
The data is in several tables and annexes that listed the non-governmental organizations (NGO) to whom funding was given by a legislator. One cannot immediately see the relationships between the NGOs and between …

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