Research and policy papers

Pioneering citizen participatory audits in the Philippines: The experience of the Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government (CCAGG)

On this 8th issue of TPA Now! Paper Series, legendary civil society leader Manang Pura Sumangil of Concerned Citizen of Abra for Good Governance (CCAGG) collaborate with Anna Bueno and Joy Aceron of G-Watch to co-author and share the experience of CCAGG in pioneering participatory audit in the country.

TPA Now! Exacting Accountability in Philippine COVID-19 Loans

The paper looks into the loans and grants incurred by the Philippine government to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes a database of the relevant loans and grants with financing institutions, the highlights of the agreements, including their priority sectors and payment terms. The paper also includes a review of emerging international standards in promoting transparency, participation and accountability in COVID-19 loans, a rapid scanning of what accountability mechanisms and platforms are provided in Philippine COVID-19 loan and grant agreements, and the critical gaps in exacting accountability from the government's use of borrowed financing to respond to the pandemic.

Unshackling Expression: Philippines Report

This special report on the Philippines' freedom of speech online takes a multi-level approach by first going through government restrictions directly affecting and may result to violations of freedom of expression online and offline, especially in light of a law that transformed all penal provisions into cybercrimes. Second, the report also notes government actions and restrictions that, on their face, appear unrelated to clampdowns on freedom of expression, but nonetheless have the effect of self-censorship and chilling free speech and therefore may be cited again in the future as an indirect intrusion to free speech.

Cybercrime & human rights: Justifications for amending the Philippines' Cybercrime Prevention Act ​

This policy paper presents justifications and recommendations for the amendment of the Philippine Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, with regard to the provisions on online libel and cybersex, and law’s implementing rules with regard to collection of computer data. The policy paper has three parts: 1) an introduction describing the context in which the law has been applied, its significance in combating cybercrime, and instances where its application violated human rights; 2) a review of the the three specific provisions sought to be removed/repealed; and 3) concrete recommendations to make the law more adherent with human rights standards as mandated by the Constitution and international treaties.

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