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.

Our year of living disastrously

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Written for the CNN The images of the devastation wrought by super typhoon Haiyan as it hit the Philippines the past two days have shocked people across the globe. But be prepared for even more heartbreaking images and stories of the storm’s aftermath once reporters and rescuers are finally able to reach remote coastal towns […]

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Poverty and Disasters

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

“God may send hurricanes, but their consequences are not God-given” – Winston James According to a government think-tank, 34.6 percent of households experienced job and asset losses during typhoons in 2011. Almost 70 percent suffered a reduction in income while 45 percent complained of rising expenses immediately after the onslaught of a typhoon. Floods mean […]

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More lessons from the Philippines’ storms

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

The Philippines was battered by four successive typhoons in the last two months. Typhoon Ketsana triggered the worst flooding in Metro Manila in the past 40 years. Typhoon Parma caused deadly landslides and mudslides in the northern provinces. Typhoons Lupit and Mirinae hampered the reconstruction efforts in the typhoon-ravaged communities of Luzon Island. Typhoons Ketsana […]

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Two deadly storms struck the Philippines in the last two weeks killing more than 500 people. The first storm triggered the worst flooding in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. The flooding disaster affected more than three million individuals. The second storm tragedy unleashed massive landslides in the northern part of the Philippines. It also forced […]

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Bayanihan sa 2010

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Talumpating binigkas sa Olongapo City Convention Center… Ilang segundong katahimikan para sa mga nasalanta ng bagyong Ondoy at Pepeng…. Ako’y naimbitahang magsalita tungkol sa responsableng papel ng kabataan sa halalan. Napapanahon ang paksang ito dahil sa Pilipinas, may tatlong panahon: Wet Season, Dry Season, at Election Season. Walang duda, ramdam nating lahat ang papalapit na […]

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Ketsana is a Lao term for agarwood, the resinous heartwood from large evergreens that are native to Southeast Asia. But from now on, many people will forever remember Ketsana as the name of the typhoon that caused massive destruction in the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos last week. Ketsana was not the first great typhoon […]

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