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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.

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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. 23: Overpriced face masks, shields

Ep. 23: Overpriced face masks, shields

This episode looks deep into the 9-billion-peso contract cornered by a little-known company to supply face masks and face shields in the Philippines. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian joins Christian Esguerra to talk about the ongoing Senate investigation.

Ep. 22: Ping Lacson for president?

Ep. 22: Ping Lacson for president?

In this episode, Christian Esguerra is joined former election commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal, who is expected to serve as spokesman of the Lacson-Sotto ticket in the 2022 Philippine presidential election.

Ep. 21: Mayor Isko Moreno for President?

Ep. 21: Mayor Isko Moreno for President?

In this episode, Christian Esguerra speaks with veteran campaign strategist Lito Banayo, who quit as Duterte’s envoy to Taiwan to campaign for Isko Moreno for president. Can Moreno, who emerged from the slums of Manila to become the city’s mayor, rise all the way to Malacañang?

Ep. 20: One-on-One with Sonny Trillanes

Ep. 20: One-on-One with Sonny Trillanes

In this episode, Christian Esguerra sits down with former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV on efforts to unite against Duterte’s presidential candidate in 2022, and why he thinks “enablers” of the current administration should never be considered as the opposition’s standard-bearer.

Ep. 19: Why Pacquiao will run for president

Ep. 19: Why Pacquiao will run for president

In this episode, Christian Esguerra sits down with a Manny Pacquiao ally, who explains why the senator will run for president, his spat with President Rodrigo Duterte, and why he thinks the legendary boxer can beat Duterte’s daughter Sara in 2022.

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...