Mong Palatino

blogging about the philippine left and southeast asian politics since 2004


@mongster is a manila-based activist, former philippine legislator, and blogger/analyst of asia-pacific affairs.

About Mong Palatino

Twitter: @mongster
FB: Raymond Palatino (Public Page)

As student and youth leader, I led the University of the Philippines Diliman Student Council (2000) and National Union of Students (2001).

I wrote a column for Tinig (Voice) web magazine before I started blogging in 2004  I was news editor of Yehey! for three years (2005-08), and columnist of UPI-Asia from 2007 to 2009. I joined the Global Voices community in 2006 and became its Southeast Asia editor in 2008. I started contributing to the ASEAN Beat of The Diplomat online magazine in 2010 up to the present.

I represented Kabataan Partylist in the 14th and 15th Congress of the Philippines.

I am the chairman of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) Metro Manila and Nilad Environment Network.

I contribute opinion pieces to Bulatlat, Manila Today, and New Mandala.

I am the Asia-Pacific regional content editor of IFEX.

Youngblood articles: Activist son, Activist lover, and Neophyte.

Download my book published by the UP Sentro ng Wikang Filipino: Mga Piling Tala ng Isang Blogger Mula Kalye Hanggang Kongreso 

A few articles about me:

1. Blogger of the week: Mong Palatino
2. The World of Chairman Mong
3. Mong’s Moment
4. Filipino blogger-turned-legislator on role of youth and New Media in politics
5. RP’s eyes and ears in the Global Voices blog network
6. Rep. Raymond Palatino ng Kabataan
7. Mong Palatino: Mula Chairman Patungong Congressman?
8. Going Mobile: Text Messages Guide Filipino Protesters
9. From the streets to the parliament
10. A new dose of Young Blood

Media interviews

1. Bulatlat Live Webcast
2. On internet censorship
3. On extension of voters’ registration
4. ‘Study Now, Pay later’ program
5. Student loan
6. Telcos Overcharging Issue
7. Tuition hikes
8. Anti-Cybercrime Law (Punto por Punto)
9. Cybercrime Law Akin to Martial Law
10. Social media ethics in schools
11. Magna Carta for Internet Users
12. Hatol ng Bayan: The Youth Vote
13. Rising Cost of Education (ANC Headstart)
14. On dolphin shows
15. Walk of Shame protest vs Aquino
16. #CHexit
17. Chacha and environment (Feb 2018)

18. aestheticdistance podcast interview (May 2019)

19. WBEZ Chicaco interview



1. Kabataan Partylist legislative advocacies
2. Budget deliberation
3. Conditional Cash Transfer press briefing
4. Joma Sison book launch
5. Sona reaction 2011
6. Quezon Hall press conference on missing UP students
7. Anti-Cybercrime Law Supreme Court Petition
8. Antipolo Tree Planting
9. Save Dolphins campaign
10. Anti-Cybercrime Law protest
11. Pork Barrel discussion, SF
12. Rally during Obama visit in the Philippines
13. National situation forum with Methodist youth

14. Speech during anti-war rally, Washington DC

15. SONA 2019 Bayan press conference

16. Terror Bill critique, June 2020

17. Bantayog ng Bayani speech during rally, August 2020, decrying the surge in extrajudicial killings