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, 2022

Two decades of the Left in Congress

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

Published by Bulatlat In the 1990s we asked, what if members of the Leftist Democratic Alliance (DA) were allowed to serve their full term as Congress representatives in 1946? What could have been its impact on Philippine politics? We could only speculate an answer at that time but perhaps a better insight is possible now […]

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Published by The Diplomat The year 2021 saw Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte make a series of dramatic political flip-flops that characterize his final year in office. Meanwhile, several women have earned national and international recognition for their advocacy and achievements amid the pandemic and rising authoritarianism. Read more Why are Schools Still Closed in the […]

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Enablers of Terror Law

Saturday, March 5th, 2022

Published by Bayan Metro Manila We are not surprised that President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Terror Bill into law.He is the same leader who brutalized communities with Tokhang, Martial Law in Mindanao, and all-out-war against the communist movement. He is remorseless for the widespread human rights abuses under his watch. He is intolerant of […]

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IFEX Asia brief: April, May, June 2021

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

April 2021: COVID-19 surges, obstructions to information, coup violence, media convictions, and satire. Addressing India’s COVID-19 surge is made more difficult by authorities censoring information. Myanmar’s junta has resorted to publishing wanted lists, targeting journalists. A satirical playlist led to the brief incarceration of an artist in Malaysia. And Hong Kong’s first conviction around a […]

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