Michael Beltran

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Michael Beltran is a freelance journalist in the Philippines.

Duterte is playing both sides
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
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?
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
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 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
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
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.
Philippines government driving jeepneys off the road
Philippines government driving jeepneys off the road
A modernisation plan and now Covid-19 threaten a vivid cultural symbol and the livelihoods that go with it.
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