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.

Written for The Diplomat

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff has disclosed that some retired officers have been agitating against the government of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., while in Congress, the House Speaker lashed out against key allies of the president.

The realignment in the House leadership and even the destabilization rumors are telltale signs that Marcos’ “unity” government rests on fragile foundations.

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Cracks Appear in the Philippines’ Unity Government

Written for The Diplomat

An apparent rift among allies of Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. could undermine his “unity” government barely a year after being sworn into power.

Congress will adjourn this week but the battle for political supremacy will continue. The second State of the Nation address of Marcos in July will likely reveal which power blocs emerged stronger and weaker as politicians scramble for position ahead of the midterm election in 2025 and the presidential election in 2028.

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