Jonathan de Santos
Jonathan de Santos

Jonathan de Santos is news editor at Philstar.com. He has been working in news for nearly 15 years and has written about displacement, landlessness, food security, conflict, indigenous peoples' issues, and misinformation and disinformation.

Tasked with coordinating coverage and with overseeing special reports and series, he has helped steer the newsroom towards more contextual and inclusive reporting.

On top of his duties as editor, he also covers the Philippine National Police, labor and workplace issues, and dissent and democratic space. 

He is a member and is chairperson of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.

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Wage board approves P40 hike in minimum wage in Metro Manila
by Jonathan de Santos - June 29, 2023 - 7:25pm
The increase granted is less than half of the P150 across-the-board daily minimum wage hike inching forward in the Senate and brings the minimum wage in the capital to within P140 of the P750 daily national minimum...
Whatever happened to: The fight for protected bike lanes in Makati
by Jonathan de Santos - June 26, 2023 - 11:00am
Talks between commuter advocacy groups and developer Ayala Land Inc. have run a flat.
Bato: Haphazard MUP pension reforms could cost more, weaken national security
by Jonathan de Santos - June 11, 2023 - 12:43pm
"If all of them file for retirement, the government will need to pay trillions," Dela Rosa warned.
Union at nutrition giant's milk factory readies strike over surprise layoffs
by Jonathan de Santos - May 19, 2023 - 2:12pm
Faigmani said that the union believes the retrenchment of its members is also a tactic to weaken the union "and at the same time take away the wages and benefits that Wyeth are getting now."
Layoffs hit nutrition giant's Canlubang plant
by Jonathan de Santos - May 18, 2023 - 1:39pm
Wyeth Philippines Progressive Workers Union president Debie Faigmani confirmed the layoffs to media, saying 10 union officers were among the workers affected.
Right to privacy essential to civic space, public participation — Civic Futures paper
by Jonathan de Santos - May 14, 2023 - 4:26pm
ID systems and other registration schemes are susceptible to "function creep", or the use of data collected for a specific purpose for "ever-expanding and undisclosed purposes", the paper argues. 
BPO workers' group welcomes dismissal of 'NPA recruitment' case vs former officer
by Jonathan de Santos - May 4, 2023 - 6:12pm
In a statement, BPO Industry Employees Network said it was "elated and ecstatic" at the junking of the case against Porquia, adding "justice is on our side, justice will prevail."
Peace office to China envoy: International support crucial to BARMM process
by Jonathan de Santos - April 17, 2023 - 10:54am
OPAPRU, which used to be the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, is the lead agency in peace talks and processes with former rebel groups like the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Moro National...
Activists at US Embassy protest face vandalism, illegal assembly raps
by Jonathan de Santos - April 12, 2023 - 11:32am
"We exercise maximum tolerance. But when they throw paint, that is unacceptable," he said.
Types, number of weapons seized from Teves properties raise red flags
by Jonathan de Santos - March 27, 2023 - 5:32pm
"Why would you have that kind of gun. That is not only high-powered, it's for snipers. An [Improvised Explosive Device], that in itself means you're planning something bad."
Calabarzon workers want minimum wage at P750 to meet rising prices
by Jonathan de Santos - March 27, 2023 - 1:23pm
"Depending on where we work, there are different minimum wages in our region," Mary Ann Castillo, WIN4WIN spokesperson, said in Filipino in a press statement. "For decades, wage rationalization has been a burden...
Overall Deputy Ombudsman Liong, others put on preventive suspension over Pharmally mess
by Jonathan de Santos - March 23, 2023 - 11:35am
At least one person named in the complaint — former budget department procurement service head Lloyd Christopher Lao — has left government but the suspension order also covers Overall Deputy Ombudsman...
Bikers, commuters: Removal of 'gold standard' Ayala bike lanes puts many at risk
by Jonathan de Santos - February 12, 2023 - 11:26am
"We office workers rely on protected bike lanes to get around safely while saving money given the high cost of gas. We delivery riders rely on protected bike lanes for our livelihood, and to ensure we deliver people’s...
Facebook not doing enough to protect users from red-tagging — Internews study
by Jonathan de Santos - January 16, 2023 - 5:16pm
Internews, in its report, said that red-tagging content "has largely managed to fall between the cracks of platform content policies, without being classified as harassment or hate speech" and that platforms have...
Workers hopeful ILO visit will lead to better environment for labor, unions
by Jonathan de Santos - January 15, 2023 - 2:12pm
"Why is having a union good? We have a voice to speak to management, to tell them what their workers needs are," union leader Maria Engcoy said.
PNP chief: Courtesy resignations chance for 'clean slate' for police officials
by Jonathan de Santos - January 9, 2023 - 5:07pm
Azurin said submitting to the review could mean that police officials not involved in the illegal drug trade would no longer operate under a cloud of doubt that some of them "have been suffering since 2016, act...
Bantag drags Remulla, Catapang into conspiracy theory on Percy Lapid killing
by Jonathan de Santos - January 5, 2023 - 8:09pm
"In this case, there was a grand conspiracy to kill [Mabasa and Villamor]," Bantag said in his complaint. "As will be shown, the conspirators are the respondents."
Kilusang Mayo Uno says Facebook page taken down without warning
by Jonathan de Santos - January 5, 2023 - 3:38pm
"Hindi na nga nabibigyan ng pansin ang kalagayan ng manggagawang Pilipino, direkta pang inaatake ang kanilang mga karapatan," the group said.
CPP declares days of mourning, honors for Joma Sison
by Jonathan de Santos - December 18, 2022 - 11:19am
The Armed Forces of the Philippines said Sison's death is "an opportunity for his successor, if there will be [one], to chart a new direction in promoting reforms. Hopefully, away from armed struggle."
Senate debate on farms and subdivisions highlights lack of land use policy
by Jonathan de Santos - November 17, 2022 - 5:16pm
Villar said land conversion is allowed and "if [developers] buy your land, they buy it [at an expensive price] and you can reinvest the money and you can make more money than planting on those lands."
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