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2020/09/14 | Voice of America

The Price of Beijing's Vaccine Diplomacy in Southeast Asia

With few options for obtaining doses, many of the countries China is targeting may mute their objections to Beijing’s policies on issues such as the contested South China Sea

2020/08/26 | The Interpreter

The Killings in the Philippines Grow More Brazen

The recent murder of a well-known activist signals a turning point in the campaign to eliminate dissent.

2020/06/10 | Michael Beltran

Philippine Activists: ‘Cloned’ Facebook Account Attacks Possibly Linked to Government

The Philippine government’s efforts to stifle dissent took an absurd twist when thousands of university students, faculty, and journalists woke up on Sunday to find cloned Facebook profiles of themselves.

2020/04/30 | Michael Beltran

Filipino Worker in Taiwan Defiant in Face of Deportation Threats

Elanel Ordidor is steadfast in her commitment to speak freely against a Philippine official's threats to have her deported from Taiwan.

2020/03/09 | East Asia Forum

Philippines Bans Deployment of Filipino Workers to Kuwait Due to Mistreatment

The Philippine government restricted the amount of overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait after a series of infractions against the bilateral labor agreement.

2020/03/06 | The Interpreter

When Philippines Democracy Hit Midlife Crisis

The Philippines’ democracy turned 34 last week but continues to flirt with authoritarian fantasies.

2020/02/27 | Voice of America

This Hearty Group of Filipinos Is Staying Strong Worldwide Despite Virus Outbreaks

2.3 million overseas Filipino workers are adamant on staying put, in the face of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

2020/02/17 | The Interpreter

The Politics of Racism as the Philippines Struggles With Coronavirus

Rodrigo Duterte and his backers appears to be exploiting the public health crisis to wedge opponents at home.

2020/02/07 | Michael Beltran

Outrage Over Duterte's Inaction Grips Filipinos During Coronavirus Scare

A general distrust in Philippine president Duterte's ability to handle the coronavirus outbreak has sparked protest both on social media and in the streets.

2020/01/21 | Michael Beltran

Thousands of Filipino Families to Be Displaced by Chinese-Backed Construction Craze

The Philippines are preparing to jump into a manic building spree, backed by Chinese investments. The relocation of the native inhabitants seems like an afterthought.

2019/06/28 | Michael Beltran

Not so Strong Man: Duterte Buckles Under Chinese Pressure Amid Maritime Row

Officials in the Philippines initially came on strong demanding China be sanctioned for an incident at Recto Bank, while Duterte kept his lips sealed. Days later Duterte finally dismissed the whole thing as 'a little maritime accident' and the administration fell in line, much to the ire of citizens. But — asks Michael Beltran — who is pulling whose strings here?

2017/09/14 | Jefferson Lyndon D. Ragragio

The Forgotten Story of Indigenous Resistance in Northern Philippines

'The story of Butbut tribe and the peoples of Cordillera provides us a picture of why resistance and solidarity, albeit rarely presented in mainstream media reports, remain relevant these days.'

2017/08/04 | Shannon Lin

INTERVIEW: Filipino Artists The General Strike and BLKD Intertwine Music and Politics in Taipei

'Music is an extension of the self. It’s an extension of our activism which is why our music is so overtly political. We wouldn’t be able to write the songs that we write without being activists,' says the drummer of The General Strike.

2017/07/27 | Olivia Yang

INTERVIEW: 'Sound of Strike' Raising Awareness on Filipino Issues 'The Filipino Way'

'The Philippines is a country that is under a lot of attention. But the attention it gets is very one-sided,' says 23-year-old Jun Lin, one of the three working on the project. 'After Duterte took office, we have been seeing a lot of news coverage on the Philippines, but it’s all about what Duterte said.'

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.'