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 February, 2011

Laban ng Romblon! Laban para sa kinabukasan!

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Thank you Bishop Fabriquier for reading my solidarity message last February 14 during the anti-mining rally in Odiongan, Romblon. Maalab na pagbati sa lahat! Nagpupugay ang Kabataan Partylist sa mamamayan ng Romblon sa inyong matapang na paglaban at mahigpit na pagkakaisa laban sa planong malakihang pagmimina sa isla ng Tablas. Kasama ninyo ang kabataan sa […]

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Joma Sison: Ang matandang bata

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Speech during the book launching of Jose Maria Sison – A Celebration. Review of the book by Ina; and a story about the event by Len. Sino si Joma Sison para sa mga kabataan? Ang sagot ay mababasa sa aklat na ito kaya bilhin ninyo na lang. Basahin ang mga sinulat ni Nato at Ina; […]

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Edsa Babies Unite!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The drafting of this speech is a collective effort. Thanks @kabataanpl. Delivered February 23, 2011, House of Representatives I rise to speak about the 25th anniversary of the 1986 People Power and its impact on young people. Madame Speaker, dear colleagues, mga kababayan. EDSA or Highway 54 is a very important and famous road in […]

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The meaning of Egypt in Southeast Asia

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Unless you’re a hermit living in the boondocks, you’ll have heard something about the massive anti-government protests in Egypt that started late last month. The protesters have become global celebrities as they’ve taken a brave stand against the three-decades-old regime of President Hosni Mubarak. The ‘million-man march’ has also made Tahrir Square in Cairo a […]

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Indonesia’s threat to BlackBerry

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Last month, Indonesian Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring announced on Twitter his disappointment over the failure of Research In Motion (RIM), the company that owns BlackBerry, to filter pornographic content in Indonesia. He warned that Indonesia would block BlackBerry’s browser if RIM wouldn’t censor access to porn within two weeks. It’s unfortunate that Tifatul’s […]

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Reclaim Edsa, the people’s highway

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

A specter is haunting Edsa today: the specter of street crimes. Car thieves and bus bombers are causing panic in the metropolis. Traffic and pollution are getting worse everyday. Giant billboards are displayed on every building along the highway. The old folks are asking: where are the trees in Edsa? The government assures us that […]

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Philippine employment statistics 2010

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

I was compelled to gather some employment statistics when I was invited to discuss the youth situation in a university job fair last week. I got a copy of the Department of Labor and Employment’s Project Jobsfit August 2010 study on employment prospects in the Philippines. Here are some of the interesting and relevant findings […]

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