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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.

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EPISODES

Ep. 33: One-on-One with Aika Robredo

Ep. 33: One-on-One with Aika Robredo

Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo’s eldest daughter, Aika, speaks with journalist Christian Esguerra about her mother’s decision to run for president in 2022, the struggles ahead, and how the campaign — and a victory — could alter life yet again for this closely knit family.

Ep. 32: Leni Robredo for president

Ep. 32: Leni Robredo for president

This episode looks into Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo’s candidacy for president in 2022 and how a coalition of opposition forces and grassroots organizations can help her achieve that.

Ep. 31: A room for the Left in the Philippine Senate

Ep. 31: A room for the Left in the Philippine Senate

In this episode, Christian Esguerra speaks with former party-list congressman Neri Colmenares, who is gunning for a Senate seat in the 2022 elections after 2 failed attempts. This time, he and fellow activists are facing even more intense red-baiting under the Duterte administration.

Ep. 30: Politics split Estrada half-brothers

Ep. 30: Politics split Estrada half-brothers

In this episode, Christian Esguerra speaks with former senator JV Ejercito, who’s gunning for a seat in the Senate in 2022 after his failed reelection bid in 2019. But will the result be different this time even if his half-brother is also running again? Will it be 2019 all over again for the bitter rivals?

Ep. 29: Isko Moreno’s campaign strategy

Ep. 29: Isko Moreno’s campaign strategy

The mayor of the Philippine capital city is running for president in 2022. Can his compelling rags-to-riches backstory, and accomplishments as a local chief executive for less than 3 years, catapult him to the Palace? Journalist Christian Esguerra sat down with Moreno’s campaign strategist.

Ep. 28: Why Chel Diokno is running for senator again

Ep. 28: Why Chel Diokno is running for senator again

In this episode, Christian Esguerra sits down with human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, who made an unsuccessful run for the Philippine Senate in 2019 but with promising results. This time in 2022, he explains why the country can’t afford another 6 years of a Duterte-like leadership or a return of the Marcoses to Malacañang—and what it would take to prevent either of them.

Ep. 27: 3-year extension for Bangsamoro Gov’t

Ep. 27: 3-year extension for Bangsamoro Gov’t

This episode talks about Congress’ grant of a 3-year extension of the interim regional government in the new Bangsamoro region in the Philippines. Christian Esguerra sat down with the region’s education minister, Mohagher Iqbal.

Ep. 26: When ‘influencers’ interview politicians

Ep. 26: When ‘influencers’ interview politicians

This episode examines the growing trend of so-called social media influencers and vloggers conducting puff political interviews, which, while may be entertaining, do not really serve the greater public interest.

Ep. 25: Tarantadong Kalbo

Ep. 25: Tarantadong Kalbo

In this episode, Christian Esguerra sat down with Kevin “Tarantadong Kalbo” Raymundo, the artist behind the wildly popular “Tumindig” cartoon, which has inspired an online movement among Filipinos to take a stand against abuses and incompetence under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Ep. 24: Why Duterte’s niece is against him

Ep. 24: Why Duterte’s niece is against him

In this episode, Nuelle Duterte, a niece of President Rodrigo Duterte, speaks with journalist Christian Esguerra on why she’s been vocal against his administration and why the Philippines cannot afford to have another Duterte win in the 2022 presidential election.