Michael Beltran
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Activist - Musician. Studied Political Science at the University of the Philippines - Manila, has been involved with various student and cultural movements in the Philippines. Currently works as the Information Officer of KADAMAY, the National Alliance of Filipino Urban Poor.
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2018/09/27 | Michael Beltran
EXPERIENCE: The Sights and Sounds of Plastikan, Manila's 'Dumpsite Slum'
Through a visit to Manila’s ‘Plastikan,’ the author shares his introduction to urban poor movements in the Philippines.
2018/07/27 | Michael Beltran
OPINION: Former President Gloria Arroyo Resurrects to Inflict More Terror
As the former Philippines president is elevated to the role of Speaker of the House, the Philippines reflects on her painful legacy.
2018/07/09 | Michael Beltran
The Duterte Doublespeak: Exploring the Philippine President’s Long List of Lies
From backpedaling on promises to resign to ceding ground against China, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is becoming known for playing fast and loose with the truth.
2018/06/14 | Michael Beltran
A Gospel for the Barrios: The Philippines' Unshakable Sister Patricia Fox
The Australian nun's story of state-led persecution at the hands of the president himself throws into sharp relief what it means to be a missionary and a Filipino.
2018/05/08 | Michael Beltran
PHILIPPINES: Trust, Sincerity, the Rebels and Duterte
Is the need to arrest a slide in the polls pushing Duterte back to negotiations with communist guerrillas?
2018/04/09 | Michael Beltran
OPINION: Duterte Bets on Chinese Corporates over Locals with Boracay Shutdown
President Duterte's order to close Boracay rides roughshod over local business and indigenous rights.
2018/03/08 | Michael Beltran
Philippine Government Contemplates a Cha-cha with the Devil
Proposed constitutional changes could pave the way for a return to dictatorship in the Philippines and remove provisions aimed at safeguarding the country's integrity
2017/12/25 | Michael Beltran
OPINION: President Duterte's Same-sex Marriage Stance Flips and May Still Flop
The Philippine president's support for LGBT rights waxes and wanes, but his opposition to other minority rights groups remains consistent.
2017/12/05 | Michael Beltran
OPINION: Trains on Track for Disaster in the Philippines
Riding the MRT in Manila is becoming more expensive, difficult and dangerous, yet the government is set on repeating the public-private partnership arrangements that led to the problems in the first place.
2017/11/18 | Michael Beltran
Post Mortem: The ASEAN Summit and Trump’s Visit to the Philippines
Michael Beltran argues that Duterte wants to validate his drug war amidst the criticisms and casualties; it sees continued subservience to American interests as the answer.
2017/10/26 | Michael Beltran
Meet Ka Inday: Activist, Warrior and Defender of San Roque
Estrelieta “Ka Inday” Bagasbas has lived a storied life, but it is for her passionate activism in defense of the urban poor in San Roque, a community in the Quezon City area of Metro Manila, for which neighbors and fellow residents are truly thankful.
2017/09/28 | Michael Beltran
5 Signs the Philippines is Drifting Toward Dictatorship
Filipinos are accustomed to chaotic periods in politics, but the killings of several young boys by police brought tens of thousands of protesters onto the streets. As tension between Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and the public escalates, the threat of martial law and a repeat of the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos is all too real.
2017/07/19 | Michael Beltran
Filipino Film Makes Class Division Relevant Again
'The politics of identity suppose that minorities bear the brunt of social exclusion, which is true in many cases. But there is always an underlying class element.'
2017/06/30 | Michael Beltran
FEATURE: A Sound to Strike With: Political Music Growing in the Philippines
'This music, for all intents and purposes, can never be confined to itself. It, alongside the creators, needs to be projected outward and engaged in serving the oppressed.'