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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.

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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. 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.

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”...