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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?
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.'
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.'
2017/01/16 | 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?
2017/01/16 | Johan van de Ven
Why China Is Wooing Southeast Asia’s New Strongman
Improved government relations with fiery Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte are key to securing dominance in the South China Sea.
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.
2016/09/21 | Michael Beltran
Martial Law in the Philippines: An Enduring Horror Story
Decades have passed since Ferdinand Marcos' Martial Law, but the much of the Philippines still lives in terror.