Michael Beltran

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Michael Beltran is a journalist based in Metro Manila.

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2022/08/11 | Michael Beltran

Ex-VP Candidate Walden Bello Arrested for Accusing Sara Duterte’s Aide of Narcotics Involvement

Walden Bello, an esteemed scholar and candidate for vice president in the last election in the Philippines, is the latest victim in a string of “cyber-libel” cases that have undermined civil liberties.

2022/03/30 | Michael Beltran

Will 100% Foreign Ownership Help the Philippine Economy?

President Duterte has been keen on removing barriers for foreign businesses in the Philippines, following his predecessors to encourage investments.

2022/02/07 | Michael Beltran

Teenage Girl Accuses Military of Rape and Torture Because of Her Family’s Activism

“In the context of the ongoing armed conflict in the Philippines, thousands of military elements are deployed in civilian communities who intentionally target women and girls with sexual violence in order to achieve particular military objectives.”

2021/12/24 | Michael Beltran

Why Is Duterte Reluctant To Spend on Typhoon Rai Recovery?

Filipino activists say that the Duterte administration has the money for disaster relief. But systemic corruption and a well-funded security state stand in the way.

2021/12/14 | Michael Beltran

53 Years of Red Power in the Philippines

The anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines is coming up. Under President Duterte, any chance of laying down weapons — even at Christmas — has been slim.

2021/11/19 | Michael Beltran

The Case of Steve Abua: Philippines Pro-Government Kidnappers Show New Level of Brazenness

The abduction of Steve Abua, a peasant organizer, is a painfully familiar occurrence in the Philippines. What’s new is the brazenness with which his pro-government captors have carried out his disappearance.

2021/11/05 | Michael Beltran

Who’s Running for President of the Philippines in 2022?

At the moment, we can assume that President Rodrigo Duterte is stepping down next year, but there are five candidates running to succeed him.

2021/10/04 | Michael Beltran

Kitchen Cadres: Cooking With Indignation During Lockdown in the Philippines

The ongoing lockdown in the Philippines has challenged activists to redirect some of their efforts towards filling empty stomachs, in addition to the everyday protesting, organizing, and campaigning.

2021/09/12 | Michael Beltran

A Philippine Dissident Raises a Child in Prison

Amanda Echanis, a peasant organizer, is raising her infant son while she is incarcerated as a political prisoner. It’s an experience she's familiar with.

2021/07/02 | Michael Beltran

Meet the First Medical Cannabis Party in Asia

In the Philippines, where the government has carried out a bloody war on drugs, a party has been formed to advocate for the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

2021/06/08 | Michael Beltran

Three Issues Defining the Philippines 2022 Elections

The pandemic, China, and domestic conflicts are shaping up to be the main issues defining next year’s presidential election in the Philippines.

2021/05/19 | Michael Beltran

How a Young Journalist Was Detained in the Philippines Throughout the Pandemic

Frenchie Mae Cumpio’s incarceration has come to represent the challenges facing young journalists in the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration took office in 2016.

2021/04/21 | Michael Beltran

How a Community Pantry Sparked Movement of Mutual Aid in the Philippines

To help those struggling financially during the pandemic, hundreds of community pantries have been set up across the Philippines, and more are sprouting up.

2021/03/10 | Michael Beltran

The Bloodiest Sunday in the Philippines

Nine people were murdered by state forces in the Philippines. Michael Beltran spoke with two eye witnesses.