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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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.'
2017/03/03 | Michael Beltran
The Last Days of the Philippine Jeepney?
It is less a question of modernity and more about profiting from the plight of millions under the disguise of 'progress.'
2017/03/02 | Michael Beltran
Who Started the Manila Fires? Black Out on Labor Rights (Part Two)
At the moment there have been no more statements. No sound from the employees or survivors. Not a peep on the workers unaccounted for. The latest from HTI is that the company is looking to hire more workers.
2017/02/22 | Michael Beltran
Who Started the Manila Fires? (Part One)
'Someone wanted them to happen, someone stands to profit, and hardly anybody is talking about it.'
2017/01/30 | Michael Beltran
Do We Need Miss Universe?
Miss Universe is more than just a beauty pageant to many in the Philippines.
2017/01/16 | Michael Beltran
'Are You Not Entertained?' Filipino Film Project Tackles Violence as Entertainment
Have we wanted this type of entertainment all along? Is our thirst for violent entertainment getting out of hand? Have we been betrayed by the television and internet media in the long run?
2016/12/30 | Michael Beltran
Shout-out to the Philippines: Make 2017 'The Year of the Boomerang’
'Just the other day I received my first death threat from a loyalist of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos.' When the police come knocking at the doors of the people in 2017, the response might not be as friendly as those in power hope. We should be scared for 2017, but also up for the fight.
2016/12/23 | Michael Beltran
After a Killing: Losing a Brother in Duterte's 'War on Drugs'
He voted for Duterte. He voluntarily 'surrendered' himself to the local government. Three days later, he was shot at home.
2016/12/07 | Michael Beltran
Manila's Traffic Crisis: Does Duterte Really Need Emergency Powers?
Manila’s traffic crisis has been worsening every year. It is a daily strain for the riding public and has seen significant losses to economic productivity.
2016/11/30 | Michael Beltran
FEATURE: Portrait of a Filipino Artist in Captivity
Juan Paolo Verzosa, his wife and hundreds like them are being used as a bargaining chip for the state to gain the upper hand in ongoing peace negotiation in the Philippines.