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.

No Country for Young Politicians

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

There are no young politicians in the Philippines. Politicians are getting younger but their politics remain old. The new faces, the fashionable and adorable ones, come from the same old boring brand. According to the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center, seventy-seven percent (77 percent) of legislators aged 26-40 belong to political dynasties. They are […]

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Joma Sison: Ang matandang bata

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Speech during the book launching of Jose Maria Sison – A Celebration. Review of the book by Ina; and a story about the event by Len. Sino si Joma Sison para sa mga kabataan? Ang sagot ay mababasa sa aklat na ito kaya bilhin ninyo na lang. Basahin ang mga sinulat ni Nato at Ina; […]

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Senior citizen activists

Friday, January 29th, 2010

A 20-year old student activist in 1970 is now 60 years old. The First Quarter Stormers are now senior citizens. What makes them special? They belong to a generation that defied a dictator. They were young revolutionaries who wanted to change the world. Many of them went underground after the declaration of martial law. The […]

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