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 October, 2012

Sulong Baler

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Mensahe sa piyesta ng Baler, Aurora Binabati ng Kabataan Partylist ang mga kababayan natin sa Baler, Aurora na kamakailan lamang ay buong siglang pinagdiwang ang ika-403 taon ng pagkakatatag ng inyong bayan. Isang malaking karangalan ang maging panauhing tagapagsalita sa inyong piyesta. Sa aking unang pagbisita sa Baler, agad kong nasaksihan ang mayamang kultura, kasaysayan, […]

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Radicalism. Reformism

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Eschew reformism. Embrace radicalism. Reformism is what we remembered in kindergarten; radicalism is what the school of life teaches us. Reformism is when you expose a school bully to your teacher. Radicalism is when you question the schooling system that breeds bullies; then you move to replace it with a new one. Reformism is the […]

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Southeast Asia’s Internet Dilemma

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Written for The Diplomat Surveillance cameras at internet cafés, harsh accountability standards for webmasters and the specter of self-censorship have many questioning the future of Internet freedom. The rise of information and communication technologies has not only revolutionized how people interact with each other but also forced many governments to operate in significantly altered political […]

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Big Brother Obama

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Published by the CNN The Obama phenomenon that swept the world in 2008 didn’t end that year. Well, at least in the Philippines anyway, where it continued to inspire my compatriots to look for national leaders in the Obama mold. Indeed, the 2010 Philippine presidential election was quite surreal, what with all the candidates presenting […]

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