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, 2014

Written for The Diplomat The Philippines and the United States have signed a new defense agreement that would boost the presence of U.S. troops in the Philippines. But President Barack Obama, who arrived in Manila yesterday on a state visit, claims that the new accord is not meant to contain China. After eight rounds of […]

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Written for Bulatlat The ‘new’ in the communist New People’s Army signifies many things and each deciphering is helpful to understand why this rebel force has never been defeated by successive governments. The original communist-led people’s army was the Hukbong Bayan Laban sa Hapon and Hukbong Mapagpalaya ng Bayan. The Huks were a guerrilla force […]

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Para sa mga Magsisipagtapos: Boom Panes!

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Ilang piling bahagi ng aking talumpati sa graduation ng STI Meycauayan. Bulacan Provincial Gym, Mayo 16, 2014 Bakit ba may graduation samantalang pwede namang kunin na lang ang diploma sa registrar? Dahil ang okasyong ito ay spesyal. Una, para ito sa inyo na mga magsisipagtapos. Nararapat lamang na batiin kayo pagkatapos ng mahabang panahong nilagi […]

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The Legacy of Writer and Activist Win Tin

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Written for The Diplomat Myanmar is grieving the death of Burmese writer and pro-democracy leader U Win Tin, who died of renal failure on April 21 at the age of 85. Win Tin was editor of a popular newspaper in the 1960s, when he became critical of the military junta. Perhaps his most enduring legacy […]

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Written for Bulatlat Is the military already acceding that the communist New People’s Army is the modern-day Katipunan? Because why would an army general tag Benito Tiamzon as NPA supremo when the government is adamantly insisting that the rebel group is neither revolutionary nor belligerent. In Philippine history, the only other notable supremo was Andres […]

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