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 May, 2012

No To Subic Coal

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Privilege speech delivered on May 21, 2012, Monday. Drafting of speech was a collective effort. Special thanks to Rubelh. I rise to give voice to the clamor of the people of Zambales against the proposed 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Sitio Naglatore, Barangay Cawag in Subic, Zambales. The project started out with a Memorandum of […]

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Malaysia’s Summer of Discontent?

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

During elections, people tend to be more inspired to voice their opinions on politics, governance, and democracy. Campaigning hasn’t officially started in Malaysia, but it’s encouraging to see that ordinary citizens have been so aggressive in recent weeks in pushing for various government reforms. Bersih (clean), an electoral reform movement, surprised the government when it […]

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House Bill 5808 (Committee Report 1818) or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 was tackled by the Lower House last Wednesday. This representation and Rep. Tonchi Tinio interpellated the sponsor of the measure, Rep. Sigfrido Tinga, who is also the chairman of the Committee on Information Communications Technology. Below is the outline of my interpellation. […]

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*Thanks JM for the additional points Congress adjourned sessions last March 21 or 46 days ago. Sessions resumed today but we will adjourn again on June 7. The third regular session of the 15th Congress will begin on July 23. Lack of quorum is often cited as the primary reason for the failure of the […]

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Rich and Poor Politicians

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

I’m reported to be the second poorest congressman of the 15th Congress of the Philippines. But since I’m not a ‘nattering nabob of negativism’, I prefer to be known instead as the 285th richest solon in the country. As expected, world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao topped the list of politicians who became rich through legal […]

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Hamon sa SK

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Dumaan sa ilang dagdag-bawas ang talumpating ito dahil binigkas sa iba’t ibang okasyon at lugar: SK Ilagan (Abril 1), SK Occidental Mindoro (Abril 12), SK Rehiyon III (Abril 11), SK Laguna (Abril 17), SK Candaba (Abril 21), SK Surigao del Sur (Abril 28) To my fellow public servants, my co-workers in government, my fellow youth […]

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