Michael Beltran

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Michael Beltran is an activist and musician from the Philippines.

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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.

2021/04/21 | Michael Beltran

How a Community Pantry Sparked Movement of Mutual Aid in the Philippines

To help those struggling financially during the pandemic, hundreds of community pantries have been set up across the Philippines, and more are sprouting up.

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.

2020/11/05 | Michael Beltran

Philippines Celebrities Not Immune From Red-Tagging Terror Campaign

The practice of "red-tagging" in the Philippines is usually reserved for dissidents, but recent comments from a general suggest that the government has celebrities in their sights.

2021/03/10 | Michael Beltran

The Bloodiest Sunday in the Philippines

Nine people were murdered by state forces in the Philippines. Michael Beltran spoke with two eye witnesses.

2021/06/08 | Michael Beltran

Three Issues Defining the Philippines 2022 Elections

The pandemic, China, and domestic conflicts are shaping up to be the main issues defining next year’s presidential election in the Philippines.

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.

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.

2019/12/12 | Michael Beltran

Manila's Arrest of Dissident Artists Could Interfere With Freedom of Expression

On November 30, the Manila police arrested street artists who were writing political messages on the wall for "vandalism." Many are now interpreting the act as the government's crackdown on freedom of expression.

2020/12/31 | Michael Beltran

Philippines: The Tactics Behind Red-Tagging

The military and government bureaucracy will never openly admit to it, but there is a stark and disturbing trend of mobilizing state resources against civil society in the Philippines.

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?

2019/06/28 | 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?

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.