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.

Archive for the 'congress' Category

In the past four years, Kabataan Partylist has consistently advocated an education reform agenda in Congress. We pushed for better tuition regulation, higher budget for public schools especially tertiary schools, and protection of student rights. Through our intervention, the Commission on Higher Education revised its tuition guidelines. It also formulated new standards to regulate nursing […]

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Collective Over Personal Privilege

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Thirteen speeches in three years covering a broad range of topics such as education reform, labor rights, student welfare, environment protection, internet freedom, and nationalism. Salamat Carl, JM, Sarah, Bugsy, Rubelh, Marjo, Lean at sa lahat ng bumubuo sa @kabataanpl 1. The Tragedy of Philippine Education, May 18, 2009. First speech tackled the core legislative […]

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Where do spouses live?

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

There was a time when La Vista Subdivision in Katipunan, Quezon City had three residents sitting as senators of the Republic compared to none for the whole island of Mindanao. Today La Vista is still home of the powerful and the very rich. In fact, its three most famous residents are all members of the […]

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*Thanks JM for the additional points Congress adjourned sessions last March 21 or 46 days ago. Sessions resumed today but we will adjourn again on June 7. The third regular session of the 15th Congress will begin on July 23. Lack of quorum is often cited as the primary reason for the failure of the […]

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Rich and Poor Politicians

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

I’m reported to be the second poorest congressman of the 15th Congress of the Philippines. But since I’m not a ‘nattering nabob of negativism’, I prefer to be known instead as the 285th richest solon in the country. As expected, world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao topped the list of politicians who became rich through legal […]

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Political Dynasty or Destiny?

Monday, October 17th, 2011

A new feature in the website of the Philippine House of Representatives is the Online Roster of Philippine Legislators from 1907 to present. During its launching, Rep Jun Abaya of Cavite (Liberal Party) said that it could be used to study the history of political dynasties in the country. Indeed, the database shows that local […]

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First week of 2012 budget deliberations

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

“The budget is the skeleton of the state stripped of all misleading ideologies.” – Joseph A. Schumpeter This year’s budget deliberations are significant for the following reasons: 1) The budget submitted to Congress a day after the State of the Nation Address is the first to be completely drafted by the government of President Noynoy […]

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From Malacanang to Batasan

Friday, July 1st, 2011

June 30, 2010 was the day when Noy became President Noy or Pnoy and PGMA became Congresswoman GMA or CGMA. Today, everybody had something to say about Pnoy’s performance as president in the past 12 months but only few people had taken an interest in reviewing Gloria’s legislative work. So how did she perform in […]

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House Bills and Resolutions Reloaded!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The current categorization of Congress bills and resolutions is dull and uninformative. If we want the public to know more about the legislative process, we should review our practice of merely classifying the bills into first reading, second reading, and third reading. Bills filed on first reading are worthy to mention only if they would […]

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Explanation of vote: Impeachment and ARMM

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Delivered on March 22, 2011 in the plenary of the House of Representatives Bakit po pabor ang Kabataan Partylist sa impeachment? – Ito po ay para sa mga magsasakang ginamit ang kanilang pangalan para sa malawakang pagnanakaw ng pera noong 2004 elections; – Ito po ay para sa mga kababayan nating araw-araw pinoproblema ang panggastos […]

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