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.

Sikreto sa Tagumpay ng Kabataan Partylist

Friday, December 25th, 2015

*Mensaheng binigkas sa pambansang kumbensiyon ng Kabataan Partylist noong Setyembre 28, 2015 Natutuwa po ako at mukhang maraming bagong mukha sa araw na ito; ibig sabihin, bukod sa tumanda at gumradweyt na ang aming batch, ay patuloy ang pagdami ng kasapian ng Kabataan Partylist (KPL). Natutuwa din po ako na makita ngayong araw ang mga […]

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Mensahe ng pasasalamat

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Batay sa talumpating binigkas sa anibersaryo ng Kabataan Partylist, Hunyo 19, 2010 na ginanap sa UP Diliman Kolehiyo ng Edukasyon Maraming salamat sa ating dalawang emcee. Si Lee, mga kaibigan, ang nagdisenyo, naglay-out ng ating mga logo at iba pang animasyon na ginamit noong kampamya. Salamat Lee at Mabuhay ka! Sa lahat ng fans ng […]

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Parachute politician in Palawan

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

If there are parachute journalists, there are also parachute politicians. During elections, national politicians become parachute candidates. I am a parachute candidate. I visit provinces and far-flung towns to campaign for Kabataan Partylist but I only stay for less than 24 hours. This prevents me from deepening my knowledge about the issues confronting our kababayans […]

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Saturday, March 20th, 2010

I arrived in Legazpi City on February 28, Sunday. After an eat-all-you-can breakfast at Quick n Hearty resto, we checked-in at Sampaguita Tourist Inn (free wifi at the lobby). Then we proceeded to the headquarters of Makabayan Coalition to prepare for our Sunday caravan. From Legazpi, we motored to Guinobatan where we conducted a handshaking […]

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Bomb politics in Davao

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

I was in Davao City last February 26. The hot news item was the two bombs found inside the City Hall and near the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. The mayor was very angry as he resumed leadership in the Davao City Police office. This kind of news is not good for Davao tourism. In 2009 […]

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Arthro politics in Cebu

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

I was in Cebu last week (February 23-24). To learn more about the local politics, I bought two Cebu-based newspapers: Sunstar and Cebu Daily News (affiliated with the Inquirer). What did I discover? 1. Mayor Tommy Osmena vows to go after manufacturers of herbal medicines and “dubious” drugs which give “false hopes” to sick people. […]

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Motorcade: Central, East NCR

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

A motorcade is an efficient, effective, and entertaining form of campaigning. Compared to a campaign rally, it requires less logistical preparation. If well-planned, it can reach a big number of voters. It can amplify a candidate’s public image. It creates an impression that a candidate has ample resources and strong machinery to conduct a winning […]

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Cavite sortie

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

The word sortie is associated with military operations. But it is an election term in the Philippines. It refers to province-wide, region-wide, and city-wide campaign activities of a party in one day. It is a traditional election ritual, a tried and tested campaign tactic. It tests the efficiency of a party’s election machinery; it measures […]

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First two days of campaigning

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

In 2007 Kabataan Partylist started the campaign by launching a promotional video featuring young people from different backgrounds. Popular young showbiz icons also starred in the video. This year we started our re-election bid by using new and old forms of campaigning. Aside from revamping our party website, we also launched an online postering campaign. […]

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Local and foreign trips

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Kapit ng mahigpit, babyahe tayo…. From Laoag airport, we travelled to San Juan, Ilocos Sur. I attended the flag ceremony and delivered an inspirational talk in a public high school. Then, we went to the Vigan campus of the University of Northern Philippines. I visited the provincial capitol first before proceeding towards Candon. I met […]

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