Mong Palatino

Blogging about the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific since 2004


@mongster is a Manila-based activist, former Philippine legislator, and blogger/analyst of Asia-Pacific affairs.

Archive for November, 2009

Thailand-Cambodia squabble embarrasses ASEAN

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Myanmar’s ruling junta may be the ultimate bad boy in Southeast Asia, but the stubborn attitude of the junta is not always the primordial cause of friction in the region. If achieving unity within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is almost impossible, Myanmar should not get all the blame. Also worthy of disgust and […]

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Handa na tayo

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Talumpating binigkas sa 2009 National Convention ng Kabataan Partylist noong Nobyembre 18…. Mga kasama, mga kaibigan, mga pinagpipitagang panauhin, mga kababayan, mainit na pagbati sa inyong lahat! Sa ngalan po ng pamunuan at kasapian ng Kabataan Partylist, kami po ay nagpapasalamat sa inyong pagdalo sa pagtitipong ito. Mga kasama, taong 2007 noong huli tayong nagkasama-sama […]

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Written early this year. In reposting this article, I dedicate it to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…. Today we condemn the continuation of the joint military exercises between Philippine and United States troops in the Bicol region. The resumption of the so-called Balikatan (Shoulder-to-Shoulder) exercises clearly indicates that President Barack Obama has not fundamentally […]

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Shortage of runways?

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

“If people here don’t travel, it’s not because of a shortage of runway.” – George Monbiot The Philippines has more than 85 airports, 9 of which are international airports. That’s about one airport per province. Composed of more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines must have an efficient transportation network to move people and goods within […]

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More lessons from the Philippines’ storms

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

The Philippines was battered by four successive typhoons in the last two months. Typhoon Ketsana triggered the worst flooding in Metro Manila in the past 40 years. Typhoon Parma caused deadly landslides and mudslides in the northern provinces. Typhoons Lupit and Mirinae hampered the reconstruction efforts in the typhoon-ravaged communities of Luzon Island. Typhoons Ketsana […]

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