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Ep. 18: Philippines building ‘wall’ vs COVID-19

Ep. 18: Philippines building ‘wall’ vs COVID-19

In this podcast, Dominican Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, a molecular biologist, talks with Christian Esguerra about the Philippine government’s strategy to hit herd immunity despite limited vaccine supply—build a “wall” against COVID-19 around Metro Manila and several provinces by inoculating enough people there. But can they put up this line of defense before the more infectious Delta Variant arrives?

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Ep. 18: Philippines building ‘wall’ vs COVID-19

Ep. 18: Philippines building ‘wall’ vs COVID-19

In this podcast, Dominican Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, a molecular biologist, talks with Christian Esguerra about the Philippine government’s strategy to hit herd immunity despite limited vaccine supply—build a “wall” against COVID-19 around Metro Manila and several provinces by inoculating enough people there. But can they put up this line of defense before the more infectious Delta Variant arrives?

Ep. 17: Noynoy Aquino after the presidency

Ep. 17: Noynoy Aquino after the presidency

What was life like for the late President Benigno Aquino III after Malacañang? Why did he stay out of public view? Which issues affected him the most and lingered long after his presidency? Get to know him up close in this interview with his former spokeswoman, lawyer Abigail Valte.

Ep. 16: Non-Moro Indigenous Peoples in BARMM

Ep. 16: Non-Moro Indigenous Peoples in BARMM

In this episode, Christian Esguerra sits down with the supreme tribal chief of the Timuay Justice and Governance on land grabbing, harassment, and killings experienced by non-Moro indigenous peoples in the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

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.