Michael Beltran is a freelance journalist in the Philippines.
The US may force the Philippines’ (willing) hand
A visit by VP Kamala Harris has revitalised a military pact and shown how Bongbong Marcos views America’s regional role.
Duterte is playing both sides
Whether in relations with the United States or China, the Philippines remains a plaything in power politics.
The politics of PacMan
Manny Pacquiao is famously conservative. By turning on Rodrigo Duterte, the boxer-senator wants to deliver a knock-out.
How strong is Duterte the strongman?
Entering his last year in office, the Philippine president’s campaign promises ring hollow. The question is what’s next.
Lockdown déjà vu in the Philippines
With Covid cases rising, the Duterte administration keeps doing the same thing but somehow expects a different result.
A Duterte dynasty?
A campaign by the daughter of the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte hovers somewhere between rumour and reality.
In the Philippines, a label can take your life
Accusation as a communist – “red-tagging” – is a potential death sentence, which doesn’t stop some from using it.
Duterte’s vaccine promise is a political placebo
The Philippine president has pinned hopes on a miracle solution to the Covid crisis while gutting effective responses.