Michael Beltran

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Michael Beltran is a journalist based in Metro Manila.

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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.'

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.