Michael Beltran

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Michael Beltran is a journalist based in Metro Manila.

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2019/05/15 | Michael Beltran

Thailand's 'Can Do' Bar, Run by Sex Workers, Stands for Workers' Rights and Dignity

A bar in Chiang Mai, Thailand which is collectively owned by sex workers is pushing for human dignity and rights for workers throughout the country.

2019/05/07 | Michael Beltran

PHILIPPINES: Press Freedom Under Siege as Duterte Unveils Opposition 'Matrix'

Journalists in the Philippines are speaking out against what they call a newly intensified effort by the Duterte administration to suppress press freedom.

2019/05/07 | Michael Beltran

PHILIPPINES: Rights Groups, Branded as Communists, Fight to Preserve EU Funding

Philippines rights groups allege the government is falsely branding them as communists in an effort to sever the funding they receive from the European Union.

2019/04/30 | Michael Beltran

Sarah Elago, the Youngest Lawmaker in the Philippines, Challenges Duterte's Boys Club

The youngest lawmaker in the 17th Congress of the Philippines is taking her party's fight for justice to the streets.

2019/04/23 | Michael Beltran

PHILIPPINES: Killing of 14 Farmers Highlights Duterte's Counterinsurgency Plans

The deaths of 14 farmers at the hands of Philippine police point to a wider counterinsurgency strategy which has struck rural communities with fear and outrage.

2019/02/25 | Michael Beltran

PHILIPPINES: Why the People Are Losing Faith in Duterte's Economic Policies

Price hikes, rice liberalization, rising taxes and more have sparked concern over Rodrigo Duterte's economic policies. Could the worst be yet to come?

2019/01/21 | Michael Beltran

Serial Misogynist: The Dangers of Duterte's Tyrannical Crusade Against Women

Rodrigo Duterte lords over a society where, from the Presidential Palace to the streets of Manila, misogyny and violence against women run rampant.

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.