Mong Palatino

blogging about the philippine left and southeast asian politics since 2004

About

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

Published by Bulatlat 1. President Noynoy Aquino is sincere in abolishing the pork barrel system. PDAF (legislative pork) was abolished but the funds were embedded in the national budget. DAP (presidential pork) was discontinued but the unconstitutional principles that sustained it were maliciously inserted in the 2015 General Appropriations Bill. Aquino adopted and expanded the […]

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Published by Bulatlat I’m an ex-con or ex-congressman. I was a two-termer (not two-timer) who represented the country’s first elected youth party. I was the third poorest solon and believe it or not I left the institution without getting rich. I have no relatives in government, I didn’t call Garci, and I certainly didn’t have […]

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Written for Bulatlat 2013 was a calamitous year for the Philippines – earthquakes, strong typhoons, bus crashes, corruption scandals. The reactions of various newsmakers to these disasters have revealed a lot of things about the fundamental flaws in governance, and in particular the inability of President BS Aquino to govern properly and decisively. Let us […]

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Philippine Scholars Summit

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Talumpating binigkas sa UST, Oktubre 24, 2013 Mahigit 20 milyon ang mag-aaral sa Pilipinas, mula kinder hanggang post-grad. Subalit hindi lahat nakakatapos ng pag-aaral. Mataas ang drop-out rate mula elementary hanggang kolehiyo. Sa kolehiyo, hindi lalagpas sa kalahating milyon ang nakakatapos taun-taon samantalang 4 milyon ang enrolment kada semestre. Sana ang grupong ito ay maging […]

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Written for The Diplomat Indonesia has recently pilot tested a new curriculum in over 6,000 schools which instantly drew controversy after it removed science, English, social sciences, and information technology (IT) as separate subjects in favor of Bahasa Indonesia, nationalism and religious studies. The reduction of subject load is meant to give students more time […]

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