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Ep. 50: Philippine labor leader runs for president

Ep. 50: Philippine labor leader runs for president

Christian Esguerra sits down with Philippine labor leader Leody De Guzman, who details the “radical” changes he plans to implement if elected president in 2022. But does he even have a chance against more popular and moneyed candidates, including the son of the late Philippine dictator?

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Ep. 50: Philippine labor leader runs for president

Ep. 50: Philippine labor leader runs for president

Christian Esguerra sits down with Philippine labor leader Leody De Guzman, who details the “radical” changes he plans to implement if elected president in 2022. But does he even have a chance against more popular and moneyed candidates, including the son of the late Philippine dictator?

Ep. 49: The Marcos ill-gotten wealth

Ep. 49: The Marcos ill-gotten wealth

This episode explains the struggles of the Philippine government to recover the ill-gotten wealth of the late Philippine dictator, Ferdinand Marcos Sr., and his family.

Ep. 48: Philippines bans child marriages

Ep. 48: Philippines bans child marriages

This episode looks into the new law prohibiting child marriages and its implications on Muslims in the predominantly Christian country. Journalist Christian Esguerra sits down with legal scholar Michael Mastura, who helped efforts to codify Philippine Muslim laws in the 1970s.

Ep. 47: 63 BARMM villages ‘orphaned’ in 2022 polls?

Ep. 47: 63 BARMM villages ‘orphaned’ in 2022 polls?

Around 200,000 residents of 63 villages in the Philippine province of North Cotabato may not be able to vote for local positions in the May 2022 elections because of a Comelec resolution. These villages are now part of the new BARMM but its interim government, led by former Moro rebels, has not reconstituted these villages into new local government units.

Ep. 46: Presidential campaigns

Ep. 46: Presidential campaigns

Why is Marcos Jr.’s campaign strategy working while Vice President Leni Robredo’s doesn’t seem to be as effective? Christian Esguerra sat down with veteran campaign strategist Alan German to examine the different campaign messaging of presidential candidates in the 2022 elections.

Ep. 45: The Fake Story of the Tallano gold

Ep. 45: The Fake Story of the Tallano gold

Disinformation is rampant in the upcoming Philippine elections. This episode sets the record straight about the fake story of the Tallano gold, the supposed source of the Marcos wealth and which would supposedly be distributed to Filipinos if the son of the late dictator wins the presidency in 2022. Journalist Christian Esguerra sits down with historian Michael Charleston Chua on why the story making the rounds on social media is FAKE.

Ep. 44: Group seeks party-list seat after ABS-CBN shutdown

Ep. 44: Group seeks party-list seat after ABS-CBN shutdown

Multi-awarded screenwriter and poet Jerry Gracio explains why he organized the “Kapamilya” party-list group, and why Duterte’s shutdown of the Philippines’ largest media network on free TV and radio should be a major campaign issue in the 2022 elections.

Ep. 43: Ex-political ally wants to end Duterte dynasty in Davao City

Ep. 43: Ex-political ally wants to end Duterte dynasty in Davao City

A former Duterte ally is coming out of retirement from politics to challenge the president’s son, Sebastian Duterte, for Davao City’s mayoralty in 2022. Ruy Elias Lopez, 61, a former congressman and a practicing lawyer, explains why he’s standing up to the Duterte dynasty in his city.

Ep. 42: Tax the rich & other hard solutions from Walden Bello

Ep. 42: Tax the rich & other hard solutions from Walden Bello

In this episode, professor Walden Bello, the socialist vice presidential candidate in the Philippines, speaks with journalist Christian Esguerra about the difficult solutions he and his presidential candidate, Leody De Guzman, are offering to voters in 2022.

Ep. 41: Why did Sara Duterte settle for VP run?

Ep. 41: Why did Sara Duterte settle for VP run?

This episode looks into Sara Duterte’s decision to run for VP when many were expecting her to gun for the presidency, the cracks among Duterte and Marcos supporters, and what these could mean in the 2022 Philippine elections.