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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.

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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.

Ep. 40: Challenging the Dutertes

Ep. 40: Challenging the Dutertes

In this episode, longtime peace and development worker Maria Victoria “Mags” Maglana talks about why she decided to run against the eldest son of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for a congressional seat in Davao City, which the Dutertes have ruled for nearly 35 years. Maglana outlines her campaign platform and why she believes she has a good chance of beating the incumbent Duterte.

Ep. 39: Cartoonists fight back vs Marcos disinformation

Ep. 39: Cartoonists fight back vs Marcos disinformation

Journalist Christian Esguerra sits down with 3 influential political cartoonists — Tarantadong Kalbo, Isang Tasang Kape, and Cartoonist Zach — on how they use their art to fight disinformation and historical distortion by supporters of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos

Ep. 38: LGBTQ in the Bangsamoro

Ep. 38: LGBTQ in the Bangsamoro

Journalist Christian Esguerra sits down the head of the Bangsamoro LGBTQ Network, and the human rights chief of the Bangsamoro on the plight of the LGBTQ community under the new autonomous region in the southern Philippines.

Ep. 37: Isko Moreno’s campaign platform

Ep. 37: Isko Moreno’s campaign platform

This episode looks into the campaign platform of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, his track record, and how he compares with other candidates in the 2022 presidential election in terms of experience, competence, and track record.

Ep. 36: Why Samira Gutoc was hurt by Isko’s attacks vs Leni

Ep. 36: Why Samira Gutoc was hurt by Isko’s attacks vs Leni

In this frank conversation with Christian Esguerra, senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc explains why she felt bad about Mayor Isko Moreno’s “below-the-belt” attacks on Vice President Leni Robredo, her initial choice for president, but why she will stick with Moreno in the 2022 elections.

Ep. 35: Who’s on board Leni Robredo’s presidential bid?

Ep. 35: Who’s on board Leni Robredo’s presidential bid?

Christian Esguerra sits down with former Senator Sonny Trillanes on how his Magdalo group will help deliver the votes for Vice President Leni Robredo, and why the Left-leaning Makabayan bloc has not supported her presidential bid, even if it was already endorsed at the end of a lengthy consultation process by the new opposition coalition they are all part of.

Ep. 34: Ex-MILF peace negotiator speaks up on BTA extension

Ep. 34: Ex-MILF peace negotiator speaks up on BTA extension

The largest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines is set get 3 more years to implement key reforms in the country’s new Bangsamoro autonomous region, as leaders of its transition government. But lawyer Datu Michael Mastura, a former senior member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s peace panel, raises concerns over how the group is supposedly “alienating” other political groups and leaders, including its move to endorse candidates in the 2022 local elections.