Mong Palatino

blogging about the philippine left and southeast asian politics since 2004

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

Archive for the 'Bayan' Category

Published by Bayan Metro Manila President Rodrigo Duterte’s late night spiel clarifying what he meant by the infamous ‘shoot them dead’ order confirmed our fears that he is applying ‘tokhang’ methods in addressing the COVID-19 health crisis. This is both alarming and infuriating since it could enable law enforces to commit rights abuses with impunity. […]

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Published by Bayan Metro Manila It’s not the first time that President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered law enforcers and state troops to shoot people dead but to hear him give the same directive during his press conference last night was extremely jarring, to say the least. He was reacting to the protest of some residents […]

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Published by Bayan Metro Manila After filing charges against so-called ‘quarantine and curfew violators’ authorities are now summoning innovative leaders like Vico Sotto. It confirms our suspicion that Republic Act 11469, which gives additional special powers to President Rodrigo Duterte in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, is drafted to undermine the independence of LGUs. The […]

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Published by Bayan Metro Manila We condemn the police for violently dispersing the peaceful protest of Sitio San Roque residents in Quezon City. We are outraged that the state response to the appeals for relief is terror and brutal detention. This is insensitive, repressive, and inhuman. This is the result of the national government’s ill-conceived […]

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Published by Bayan Metro Manila We are asking utility companies to waive the collection of bills from customers whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The enhanced community quarantine has prevented many from going out to work and earn a living. The hardest hit are those who belong to the informal sector. Minimum […]

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Published by Bayan Metro Manila Bayan Metro Manila calls for the urgent release of political prisoners as a humane response to save lives and contain the spread of COVID-19. The country’s jails are notorious for being congested which makes social and physical distancing difficult to implement. The conditions in city jails have deteriorated over the […]

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Published by Bayan Metro Manila Bayan Metro Manila deplores the passage of Republic Act 11469 which gives additional special powers to President Rodrigo Duterte in handling the COVID-19 pandemic. We reiterate that granting more powers to the president is unnecessary. What we urgently need today is a comprehensive emergency action by the government and not […]

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To protest from our homes is justified amid the glaring negligence of the government in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. The leadership of the Philippine National Police should listen to the valid demands of residents who are suffering under the enhanced community quarantine. It should respect the people’s right to express grievance over the slow […]

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Published by Bayan Metro Manila Congress will reap a whirlwind public backlash as it approved a carte blanche package of special powers to President Rodrigo Duterte in handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of using the special session to ensure that realigned funds will be used in the fight against COVID-19, Congress chose to abdicate its […]

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Published on Bayan Metro Manila Facebook page The first week of quarantine did little to assure the people that the government is on top of the situation and that it can handle the COVID-19 pandemic. While majority of Luzon residents were quick to stay home under quarantine, the government remained slow in addressing the basic […]

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