Walden Bello

[OPINION] Why Duterte can’t get rid of Trillanes

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:22 PM

Walden Bello tries ESP and gets to President Rodrigo Duterte’s unexpurgated ruminations on Senator Sonny Trillanes

Bello to Duterte: 'Reverse course' or Filipinos may 'throw you out'

Sep 21, 2017 - 5:40 PM

'This is really a massacre that has taken place... He has to listen because if he doesn't listen, the people are going to throw him out eventually,' says former congressman Walden Bello

Bantayog speakers Walden Belo and Jean Enriquez. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[Conclusion] Leila de Lima: Bloody but unbowed

Sep 06, 2017 - 4:26 PM

The tide will turn with or without the support of my colleagues and when it does they will have to face the consequences of the choices they have made even the choice to ignore the truth and allow innocent people to be victimized says De Lima

SURRENDER. Senator Leila de Lima steps out of the Senate building to surrender to the PNP on February 24, 2017. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Why it's time for progressives in the Duterte Cabinet to leave

Aug 20, 2017 - 9:00 AM

It becomes harder by the day to understand how they can remain in their positions when it is becoming abundantly clear that mass murder is the central and only real policy of this administration

Trump's ban: It's not about national security

Jan 31, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Instead of saying the Philippine government will respect Trump’s recent order Malacañang should speak out publicly against it in order to blunt the momentum of an exclusionary regime that will eventually affect its citizens

Protestors rally during a demonstration against the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 28, 2017 in New York City. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

An administration in search of an opposition

Jul 10, 2016 - 1:00 PM

A strong opposition based on the defense of universal human rights is the best way to ensure the future of Philippine democracy

PASS THE BBL. Former Akbayan party list representative Walden Bello stresses the importance of passing the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Why our campaign has blazed the way to our democratic future

May 12, 2016 - 2:00 PM

I am not only running against a system I am running for an alternative system for a system where people can live honestly decently and with dignity A life of dignity for all Filipinos: This is what this campaign has been all about

Higher budget, free tuition in state colleges: Easier said than done

Apr 22, 2016 - 9:00 AM

What can the presidential candidates do for higher education especially in the context of the ASEAN integration and the full implementation of the K to 12?

PROMISES. A promise common among presidential candidates is the increase of the education budget, especially for state universities and colleges. File photo by Mark Demayo

Miriam: Take revenge on Duterte through the ballot

Apr 18, 2016 - 9:42 PM

Senatorial candidate Walden Bello has the same suggestion to voters as presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago: Let’s punish him in the polls on May 9

SHE'S BACK. Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago is back on the campaign trail after a month-long absence because of her participation in a drug trial. Photo from MDS Media Bureau

6 senatorial bets on why they are #TheLeaderIWant

Apr 16, 2016 - 6:17 PM

UPDATED Six senatorial aspirants present themselves to voters at the 2nd Rappler senatorial debate at UP Diliman

?PLATFORM. Senatorial candidates present their platform at the Rappler senatorial debate in UP Diliman on April 15, 2016 ?

#PHVote: Senatorial debate sparks online discussion on barangay health care

Apr 16, 2016 - 1:30 AM

The exchange on health issues during Rappler s 2nd senatorial debate on Friday April 15 resonates with netizens who lament the current state of health care

Senatorial bets asked: Who will win as president?

Apr 15, 2016 - 8:30 PM

At Rappler s 2nd senatorial debate 5 candidates pitch for their standard bearers An independent Walden Bello says who he thinks won t win

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Hontiveros overall winner in 2nd Rappler senatorial debate online poll

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Netizens 2nd top pick is economist and former Akbayan representative Walden Bello

OVERALL WINNER. After sweeping all the rounds, Hontiveros is also declared the overall winner of the debate by netizens. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Hontiveros is netizens' choice in 3rd round of Rappler senatorial debate

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:21 PM

In the 3rd round the 6 senatorial bets are asked questions by netizens and the audience in the UP School of Economics Auditorium

3RD ROUND WINNER. Risa Hontiveros wins the 3rd round of the Rappler senatorial debate according to respondents of Rappler's online poll

Senatorial bets asked: Do you support adjusting tax rates?

Apr 15, 2016 - 6:21 PM

At the 2nd Rappler senatorial debate 6 senatorial candidates explain how to reconcile adjusting tax rates with ensuring the delivery of quality social services

Senate bets' transportation fixes: Decongest Manila, improve mass transit

Apr 15, 2016 - 5:58 PM

At the Rappler senatorial debate on Friday April 15 candidates propose solutions such as accelerating the phaseout of old vehicles and regulating the number of new cars crowding limited road space

PLATFORM. Senatorial candidates present their platform at the Rappler senatorial debate in UP Diliman on April 15, 2016 ?

Bello pushes for BBL, ‘marshall plan’ for Mindanao

Apr 15, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Senatorial candidate Dionisio Santiago for his part says everyone wants peace but the BBL has ‘unconstitutional’ provisions

Walden Bello, by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Bello hits Aquino admin over EDCA ‘deception’

Apr 15, 2016 - 4:08 PM

In Rappler’s ‘The Leader I Want’ debate senatorial candidate Walden Bello says EDCA merely makes the Philippines a ‘military base’ of the US

The Leader I Want: Walden Bello’s to-fix list for 2016

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:45 PM

Rappler PHVote s The Leader I Want series looks at Walden Bello s stand on key issues the next batch of senators will have to address

#TheLeaderIWant: Rappler's 2nd senatorial debate set for April 15

Apr 12, 2016 - 10:00 PM

3 Fridays 3 schools 18 candidates to be scrutinized Rappler goes to the University of the Philippines Diliman on April 15 for the 2nd of the 3 part senatorial debates

Comelec won't stop broadcast of Pacquiao fight

Mar 29, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista explains that there is no justiciable controversy in Pacquiao s case because the fight has not happened

BOXING CHAMP, SENATORIAL CANDIDATE. The Commission on Elections does not act on the issue of whether or not to allow the local broadcast of Manny Pacquaio's match with Timothy Bradley Jr

Most Filipinos want candidates to prioritize family planning – survey

Mar 29, 2016 - 12:45 PM

A Pulse Asia poll shows 8 out of 10 Filipinos believe candidates should include family planning in their program of action while 9 out of 10 want the government to allocate funding for family planning services

Senate bets vow to act on sectoral concerns

Mar 19, 2016 - 2:39 PM

Seven senatorial candidates court the support of 7 marginalized sectors promising to pursue their priority agenda

SECTORAL CONSULTATION. Senatorial bets attend Ang Kailangang Boses a forum in Ateneo de Manila University where they listened to representatives from various sectors. Photo by Gerard Lim/Rappler

Against all odds: Voting for ‘progressives’

Mar 18, 2016 - 10:00 AM

A vote for progressives is a vote against conservative elitist politics That can never be a wasted vote

RH advocates endorse Robredo for VP, 3 senatorial bets

Mar 15, 2016 - 1:55 PM

The Purple Ribbon for RH Movement deems Senator Tito Sotto and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao as unworthy of the people s vote

PURPLE VOTE. Former health secretary Esperanza Cabral (2-R) leads the endorsement of senatorial candidates Risa Hontiveros (3-R), Walden Bello, and Leila de Lima, and vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Pacquiao to Comelec: Boxing matches only 36 minutes or less

Mar 07, 2016 - 3:30 PM

This is not a political activity the camp of boxer Manny Pacquiao also tells the Comelec as he defends his upcoming match with Timothy Bradley Jr

BOXING CHAMP. Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao greets his supporters after filing his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections in Manila, Philippines, on October 16, 2015. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

UNA supports Pacquiao ‘110%’ on boxing match issue

Mar 02, 2016 - 10:54 AM

The opposition United Nationalist Alliance also says it does not expect to get undue advantage from its senatorial bet s match with Timothy Bradley Jr

FULL SUPPORT FOR THE SENATE BET. UNA is standing by Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao as he faces another controversy during the election season. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Comelec: 'Possible' to block broadcast of Pacquiao match

Mar 01, 2016 - 6:02 PM

Poll commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Manny Pacquiao should postpone his boxing match because it is not a title bout in the first place

PACMAN THE POLITICIAN. Boxer and senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao (right) joins Vice President Jejomar Binay, a presidential candidate, at the start of their campaign in Mandaluyong City on February 9, 2016. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Comelec weighs limited broadcast of Pacquiao fight

Feb 29, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The poll body revisits its 2007 decision including a commissioner s argument that a total ban on the telecast is not possible because Pacquiao is of national interest

Political dynasties, Pacquiao fight, Zuckerberg on encryption | 12PM wRap

Feb 23, 2016 - 12:13 PM

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Comelec urged to declare Pacquiao fight illegal

Feb 22, 2016 - 1:28 PM

UPDATED A rival senatorial candidate says the boxing champ s match with Timothy Bradley in April will give him free publicity way beyond what s allowed by election laws

PETITION VS PACQUIAO. Through a petition filed on February 22, 2016, former party-list lawmaker Walden Bello questions the upcoming boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

FDC calls Aquino 'biggest loan addict' among leaders since 1986

Feb 20, 2016 - 8:59 AM

3rd UPDATE An official of the Department of Finance however refutes the civic group s claims saying that debt indicators are at the best they have ever been since 1986

'BIGGEST BORROWER.' Activist Freedom from Debt Coalition says Aquino's social debt in education and health alone already amounts to P7 trillion ($146.99 billion). Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Pacquiao fight, US and South Korea drills, FBI-Apple standoff | 6PM wRap

Feb 18, 2016 - 7:25 PM

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Walden Bello to Pacquiao: Postpone fight vs Bradley or lose Senate bid

Feb 18, 2016 - 10:29 AM

Former representative Walden Bello says his fellow senatorial candidate faces disqualification from the Senate race if he does not move his April 9 bout until after the elections

POSTPONE FIGHT. Former Akbayan party list representative Walden Bello (right) says Manny Pacquiao's April 9 fight against Timothy Bradley Jr is against election rules

On Mar Roxas: Right message, wrong messenger

Dec 12, 2015 - 3:01 PM

People who support Mayor Rodrigo Duterte do so because of a perceived collapse of law and order and the administration of justice

The conscience of another progressive: Why I stay on with Akbayan

Nov 09, 2015 - 4:48 PM

I have real ideological differences with Prof Walden Bello about what the term progressive means and how progressives accomplish objectives

Controversial bets, Duterte waiting game cap off COC filing week

Oct 16, 2015 - 10:30 PM

The Senate race gets more crowded and interesting with lots of familiar faces new names and returning bets locking in their candidacies

SENATORIAL BETS. Controversial bets  Getulio Napeñas – the dismissed chief of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force  – and former military general Jovito Palparan will run for senator in the 2016 elections. Rappler photos

'No bullshit' Walden Bello runs for senator

Oct 14, 2015 - 8:22 AM

Former Akbayan Representative Walden Bello is running for senator because people demand a representative who ll go to hell for them who won t bullshit them like most politicians

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

China’s stock market crash: Symptom of bigger crisis

Oct 02, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Will the current leadership continue to tread softly around the powerful set of interests that has dominated society for 30 years or will it muster the courage to break with the political economy of export oriented rapid growth?

GOING DOWN. A stock investor sits in front of an electronic screen showing stock price at a brokerage house in Beijing city, China, July 6, 2015. Wu Hong/EPA

When breaking the law was necessary

Sep 22, 2015 - 6:00 PM

On the 43rd anniversary of the declaration of martial law I share 3 tales that illustrate why breaking the law is sometimes the only way to live up to the demands of a higher law

Part 2: Progressives in a bind

Sep 05, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Akbayan can comfort itself with the fact that it is not the first leftist group to face this dilemma over which to prioritize Localist demands led to the unraveling of their communist rivals in the 1980s

Bello on Malacañang, INC protest, 2015 Jones Cup | 6PM wRap

Aug 31, 2015 - 6:35 PM

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Palace asked: Reveal 'agreement' with Iglesia ni Cristo

Aug 31, 2015 - 12:42 PM

President Aquino led an emergency meeting convened Sunday night to discuss government response to the situation with the INC

CHANCE INTERVIEW. Former Akbayan Representative Walden Bello speaks to media after a press conference on August 30, 2015. Photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Why we need Walden Bello to run in 2016

Aug 18, 2015 - 1:30 PM

This is a response to the open letter of Patricio Abinales and Lisandro Claudio to Mujiv Hataman Risa Hontiveros and Walden Bello warning them against running for national posititons

Forget nat'l politics: Open letter to Mujiv Hataman, Risa Hontiveros, and Walden Bello

Aug 14, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Do not let your talents go to waste by losing Run locally win and set the example we sorely need

Valenzuela Mayor Gatchalian faces criminal raps over Kentex fire

Jul 23, 2015 - 4:16 PM

The Department of Justice special panel also recommends a further investigation of the possible liabilities of labor officials over the largest industrial accident in the country

DOLE endorses to DOJ criminal cases vs Kentex

Jul 02, 2015 - 8:32 PM

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz turns over to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima a briefer on violations of labor laws detailing possible evidence to support criminal action against Kentex Manufacturing and its subcontractor

Filipino firemen carry a body inside a cadaver bag from a burnt warehouse following a fire in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 13 May 2015. Five persons were killed after they were trapped inside a burning rubber slipper factory in Valenzuela City, according to arson investigators from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Dire conditions found in factories around Kentex

Jun 18, 2015 - 8:30 PM

Workers are not provided with personal protective equipment including earplugs for noise pollution face masks for airborne contaminants and welding goggles

epa04747280 Filipino workers collect water next to a burnt footwear factory in Valenzuela city, east of Manila, Philippines, 14 May 2015. At least 31 people were killed and dozens more are feared dead after a fire razed a footwear factory in the Philippines. Most of the bodies were found burned beyond recognition on the second floor of the two-storey building in the Manila suburb of Valenzuela, a fire volunteer said. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Victims' kin, survivors file criminal raps vs Kentex

Jun 17, 2015 - 12:41 PM

A total of 52 – 8 casualties kin and 44 survivors – name 9 Kentex owners as respondents in their criminal complaint

CASUALTIES. Authorities examine charred bodies of workers killed in the Kentex factory fire in Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kentex says kin of more than half of fire casualties will settle

Jun 15, 2015 - 9:42 PM

The settlement of the civil aspect of the case aside the workers say they will still file a criminal complaint against the footwear manufacturer

Members of the SOCO examine charred bodies of workers killed in the slipper factory fire as they collect DNA and recognisable marks from the victims at the barangay hall of Maysan, Valenzuela City on May 14, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler