Michael Beltran

Michael Beltran

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Michael Beltran is a journalist based in Metro Manila.


After a Killing: Losing a Brother in Duterte's 'War on Drugs'

Michael Beltran

He voted for Duterte. He voluntarily 'surrendered' himself to the local government. Three days later, he was shot at home.


Manila's Traffic Crisis: Does Duterte Really Need Emergency Powers?

Michael Beltran

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.


FEATURE: Portrait of a Filipino Artist in Captivity

Michael Beltran

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.


Brown Man’s Burden: Breaking Away from American Dominion in the Philippines

Michael Beltran

Is the Philippines ready to separate from the U.S.? And how might Trump affect U.S.-Philippines relations?


Martial Law in the Philippines: An Enduring Horror Story

Michael Beltran

Decades have passed since Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law, but the much of the Philippines still lives in terror.

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