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 March, 2011

Explanation of vote: Impeachment and ARMM

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Delivered on March 22, 2011 in the plenary of the House of Representatives Bakit po pabor ang Kabataan Partylist sa impeachment? – Ito po ay para sa mga magsasakang ginamit ang kanilang pangalan para sa malawakang pagnanakaw ng pera noong 2004 elections; – Ito po ay para sa mga kababayan nating araw-araw pinoproblema ang panggastos […]

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Internet freedom under threat

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Written for The Diplomat Internet freedom is under attack in many countries in Southeast Asia. In Thailand, for example, a webmaster is facing prosecution for comments written by other people in an online forum. In Cambodia, anti-government websites have been inaccessible on numerous occasions since January. In Malaysia, meanwhile, a proposed new law would empower […]

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Edsa and inequality

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Inequality in Philippine society is reflected in the whole stretch of Edsa. Despite its People Power past with its egalitarian promise, the site Edsa is still very much a territory dominated by the elite. In fact, the relics of the feudal past are visible along Edsa. Several prime properties which dot the 54 kilometer highway […]

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Why agrarian reform?

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

1. Despite more jobs are being created today in the service sector, agriculture remains a very important section of our economy. But why do young people today do not want to become farmers? The answer is because most of our farmers are poor. 2. It is this poverty in the countryside which fuels social discontent. […]

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Peace, technology and politics

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Closing remarks during the peace talks forum in UP Diliman attended by GPH-MILF and GPH-NDFP panels Ilang linggo na rin nagsimula ang mga usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng GPH-MILF at GPH-NDFP. Eh ang usapang pangkapayapaan sa pagitan ng Samar at Balay sa Malakanyang, nagsimula na ba? Sa tingin ko kailangan ng peace talks din sa […]

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No Christmas for Malaysian Muslims?

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

The Malaysian Department of Islamic Development recently posted on its website the ‘Guidelines for Muslims Celebrating Religious Festivals of Non-Muslims,’ issued by the National Fatwa Committee for Islamic Religious Affairs during its 68th muzakarah (discussion) on April 12, 2005. The guidelines have been posted there to serve as a reminder to Muslims not to violate […]

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