Mong Palatino

blogging about the philippine left and southeast asian politics since 2004


@mongster is a manila-based activist, former philippine legislator, and blogger/analyst of asia-pacific affairs.

Archive for July, 2010

Dancing prisoners

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

When the Michael Jackson single “They don’t care about us” was released fourteen years ago, it immediately generated controversy after Jewish groups pointed out that the lyrics of the song (“Jew me, sue me”) has a tinge of racism in it. The pop superstar was forced to apologize by removing the controversial lines in a […]

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Sona 2010: Notes from the plenary

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Speech delivered at the UP College of Law. President Noynoy Aquino or PNoy spoke in Filipino. He addressed the people inside the plenary as “my fellow government workers.” He immediately tackled what everybody wanted to hear from him: the anomalies of his predecessor. He cited the depleted calamity funds, rising budget deficit, and bloated benefits […]

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* Speech during the Parliamentary Side Event on the Integration of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV/AIDS at the eve of XVIII World AIDS Conference 2010 in Vienna, Austria Access to Sexuality and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) services: Are youth programs meeting the needs of young people? Let me immediately answer the question with […]

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Sex and the Censors in Asia

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Part 1: Politics and immorality in Southeast Asia written for The Diplomat South-east Asian governments are increasingly censoring ‘immoral’ web content. Do they have political motivations as well? Last February, the Indonesian government dropped plans to filter ‘bad’ content through its Multimedia Content Screening team after the plan met with strong public opposition. Yet, undeterred, […]

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“When I was still in the Guest House, I asked for the logs which listed those who had visited President Marcos. I compared them with those visiting President Aquino. They were the same people – they came from the same companies, shared the same business views, the same mindset, and they went to the same […]

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Mensahe ng pasasalamat

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Batay sa talumpating binigkas sa anibersaryo ng Kabataan Partylist, Hunyo 19, 2010 na ginanap sa UP Diliman Kolehiyo ng Edukasyon Maraming salamat sa ating dalawang emcee. Si Lee, mga kaibigan, ang nagdisenyo, naglay-out ng ating mga logo at iba pang animasyon na ginamit noong kampamya. Salamat Lee at Mabuhay ka! Sa lahat ng fans ng […]

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