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 June, 2012

Poverty and Children

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

There are 27.6 million poor Filipinos in 2006, 12.8 million or 47 percent are children 15 years old and below. This was revealed in a study commissioned by the United Nations Children’s Fund and conducted by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, a government agency. The results of the study were reported to the public […]

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Scarborough Shoal a Precursor?

Monday, June 25th, 2012

French philosopher Voltaire once wrote a story about the mad behavior of men going to war over a “few lumps of earth.” In Southeast Asia, there are numerous small and midsize conflicts between countries over temples, borders, islets, reefs, shoals, and even puny rock formations that disappear during high tide. For example, Thailand and Cambodia […]

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Rallies and Marathons

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Rallies and most marathons for a cause have many things in common. They both require a massive gathering of warm bodies in order to succeed. After converging at a certain point, the participants will soon march to reach the finish line, the target destination. The sheer number of the crowd is eclipsed only by the […]

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K-12: Education reform for whom?

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Part 1: Politics of education reforms Everybody agrees that big reforms are necessary to reverse the decline of Philippine education. This consensus, however, was hijacked by the government to force the implementation of the so-called K-12 program despite the absence of an authoritative study that it will raise the quality of learning in the country. […]

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No To Higher Sin Taxes

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Speech delivered on June 6, 2012 at the House of Representatives I vote ‘NO’ because this measure will only impose higher taxes in the country. The bigger sin is not the act of smoking but the negligence on the part of the government to implement a more comprehensive plan to prevent or discourage people from […]

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On June 4, 2012, Monday, the House of Representatives passed on third reading House Bill 6052 which seeks to amend RA9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006. Kabataan Partylist Representative Raymond Palatino was one of the 9 legislators who opposed the measure which would lower the minimum age for criminal responsibility from […]

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K12 ng Kabataan

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Talumpating binigkas sa assembly ng SK Mindanao sa Davao. Mahalaga ang letrang K o Ka sa ating kasaysayan, partikular sa pagbubuo ng bansa at pagsasabuhay sa diwa ng nasyonalismo. Mula KKK nina Bonifacio, ginamit ang simbolo ng baybaying Ka upang isalarawan ang rebolusyonaryong hangarin ng mamamayan. Ngayon ang sikat na K ay may kinalaman sa […]

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