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Every week journalist Christian Esguerra establishes the facts first on political issues, and more, in the Philippines as he sits down with experts and policy makers.

EPISODES

Ep. 8: One-on-one with Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan

Ep. 8: One-on-one with Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan

In this special #BangsamoroSeries episode, Christian Esguerra sits down with Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan, who’s campaigning against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s push to remain in power for 3 more years as leaders of a new autonomous region in Muslim Mindanao. The governor, whose province wants to bolt the region, questions the leadership and competence of the former rebels, who signed a landmark peace accord with the Philippine government in 2014.

Ep. 7: Bangsamoro Transition

Ep. 7: Bangsamoro Transition

Burdened by high expectations, former Muslim rebels are pushing for a 3-year extension to complete the transition of a new autonomous region under their peace agreement with the Philippine government. They cited the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and difficulties in running the interim regional government. Christian Esguerra sits down with a member of the Bangsamoro Parliament and a Mindanao peace advocate in this special #BangsamoroSeries episode.

Ep. 6: The Bully’s Pulpit

Ep. 6: The Bully’s Pulpit

This week’s episode tackles the challenges of covering President Rodrigo Duterte, with his propensity to spew untruths and go ballistic in his late-night public address, his pronouncements often needing his spokesman’s “clarification” or justification afterward. Christian Esguerra engages in some real talk on how the Philippine press has been reporting on Duterte with Rapper’s Pia Ranada in this crossover podcast.

Ep. 5: Pressure on the Bangsamoro

Ep. 5: Pressure on the Bangsamoro

This week’s podcast looks into the pains and gains of the new Bangsamoro government under the leadership of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines. Is time running out for crucial reforms before the 2022 elections? Christian Esguerra sits down with Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim in this #BangsamoroSeries episode.

Ep. 4:  Where is the President?

Ep. 4: Where is the President?

President Rodrigo Duterte was a no-show in a crucial Cabinet briefing amid the onslaught of a super typhoon, prompting widespread criticisms online.

Ep. 3: Duterte’s new weapon vs dissent?

Ep. 3: Duterte’s new weapon vs dissent?

This episode looks into the worrisome provisions of the Philippines’ new law against terrorism, following the release of its implementing rules, and why it can also be used to crack down on free expression and legitimate dissent. Human rights lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel”...

Ep. 1:  The Myth of Congressional Independence

Ep. 1: The Myth of Congressional Independence

A botched term-sharing deal on the House speakership threatens to delay the entire Philippine budget. Political science professor Julio Teehankee joins Christian Esguerra for a deep dive into the lack of independence of the House of Representatives, especially under a leader like Rodrigo Duterte.