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Ep. 15: The Real Battle in 2022

Ep. 15: The Real Battle in 2022

This episode explains why it's important for Filipino voters to define this early the issues that matter to them and scrutinize politicians positioning themselves in next year's presidential election. Writer, teacher, and activist Walden Bello joins Christian Esguerra...

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Ep. 15: The Real Battle in 2022

Ep. 15: The Real Battle in 2022

This episode explains why it's important for Filipino voters to define this early the issues that matter to them and scrutinize politicians positioning themselves in next year's presidential election. Writer, teacher, and activist Walden Bello joins Christian Esguerra...

Ano ang Trabaho ng Isang Congressman?

Ano ang Trabaho ng Isang Congressman?

Wag nang hintayin ang eleksyon bago kilalanin ang mga pulitiko. Sa pangunang video na ito sa ating #FactsFirstExplains series, alamin ang mahahalagang trabaho ng isang congressman para mas mabusisi natin ang mga kakandidato sa susunod na halalan.

Ep. 14: Drug rehab goes online

Ep. 14: Drug rehab goes online

There was no letup in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war despite the pandemic. But a group in the city of Caloocan still found a way to continue a promising community-based drug rehabilitation program by going online during the lockdown. Christian Esguerra sat down...

Ep. 13: Are we back to square one — or worse?

Ep. 13: Are we back to square one — or worse?

Why is the Philippines now struggling with a new wave of COVID-19 infections, the most number of active cases in Southeast Asia? In this episode, former Health Secretary Esperanza Cabral explains what the government failed to do during a critical period in August 2020, and why this whole problem ultimately comes down to leadership and governance, with President Rodrigo Duterte treating the pandemic “in a very cavalier way.”

Ep. 12: Should MILF-led Bangsamoro region seek poll mandate in 2022?

Ep. 12: Should MILF-led Bangsamoro region seek poll mandate in 2022?

A newly created region in the southern Philippines is set to hold its first parliamentary elections in 2022. But its leaders are pushing to postpone this democratic exercise until the region’s transition is well in place. Benedicto Bacani of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance, and Pancho Lara of International Alert join Christian Esguerra in this episode.

Ep. 11: Political Party-building in the Bangsamoro

Ep. 11: Political Party-building in the Bangsamoro

In this episode, Christian Esguerra sat down with key figures in the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao on the challenges of building strong political parties ahead of the first-ever elections in the region.

Ep. 10:  Bangsamoro Elections

Ep. 10: Bangsamoro Elections

In this special #BangsamoroSeries episode, Christian Esguerra sits down with former election commissioner Luie Tito Guia, who explains the parliamentary elections set in the new Bangsamoro region in the southern Philippines in May 2022.

Ep. 9: How to fix the Philippine Party-list System

Ep. 9: How to fix the Philippine Party-list System

Lawyer Christian Monsod, a member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission which drafted the current Philippine constitution, sits down with journalist Christian Esguerra on how to fix the country’s Party-list System and how to attract more foreign investments — all without having to amend the constitution.