Mong Palatino

blogging about the philippine left and southeast asian politics since 2004

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

Walang Kapayapaan sa Daang Matuwid

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Talumpating binigkas sa rali noong 2014 State of the Nation Address Mga kababayan, si Noynoy Aquino kandidato raw para sa Nobel Peace prize. Tama ba yun? Naniniwala po ba kayo na si Aquino ay nagtataguyod ng kapayapaan sa bansa? Narinig naman po natin ang mga naunang tagapagsalita. Malinaw nilang pinaliwanag ang pananagutan ni Aquino kung […]

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Written for Bulatlat The annual state of the nation address is a must read for all citizens who are eager to know the president’s self-rated accomplishment report and priority programs. It is also relevant for what it fails to mention or what the president refuses to acknowledge. It is both a historical document and a […]

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The Arrogant Obscurantist

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

SONA 2010: Notes from the Plenary SONA 2011: Utak Haciendero I gave my strongest applause when President Noynoy Aquino mentioned in his state of the nation address that he will step down in 2016. Better if the ‘noynoying’ years will be cut short but at least we are assured that Pnoy has no plan (yet) […]

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State of the Nation Address 1954-1961

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Part 1: SONA 1946 – 1953 This was the time when the number of carabaos and labor unions in the country were still being reported in the president’s state of the nation address. Magsaysay announced in 1956 the malaria will be eradicated in three years. He proposed the creation of a Department of Interior in […]

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Utak Wang-Wang, Utak Haciendero

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Mentioning the term wang-wang 28 times in the State of the Nation Address is understandable and expected since the banning of that loud and annoying siren in the streets is one of the few visible and concrete achievements of President Noynoy Aquino. But Pnoy surprised many people when he expanded wang-wang’s meaning by using it […]

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State of the Nation Address 1946-1953

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

President Roxas justified the granting of privileges to American citizens in 1946, the Philippines had a Bureau of Aeronautics in 1947, President Quirino claimed that the school crisis was already solved in 1949, a railway in Mindanao and Cagayan Valley was proposed in 1952, and we were still technically at war with Japan in 1953. […]

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Sona 2010: Notes from the plenary

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Speech delivered at the UP College of Law. President Noynoy Aquino or PNoy spoke in Filipino. He addressed the people inside the plenary as “my fellow government workers.” He immediately tackled what everybody wanted to hear from him: the anomalies of his predecessor. He cited the depleted calamity funds, rising budget deficit, and bloated benefits […]

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SONA sa labas ng Batasan

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Eto ang hinanda kong talumpati para sa SONA 2009 sa labas ng Batasan. Magandang tanghali po mga kababayan at mga kasama sa pakikibaka! Halos isang dekada na si Gloria Arroyo sa Malakanyang. Isang dekada na ring nagtitiis at lalong naghirap ang ating bansa. Para po sa aming henerasyon na naging bahagi ng Edsa Dos, ang […]

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Sona 2001-2009

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Talumpating binigkas sa UP Manila… Siyam na Sona. Walong taon. Marami na bang pagbabago sa bansa? Dahil huling Sona na ni Arroyo ngayong taon, balikan natin ang kanyang mga naging pangako. Ano ang mga di malilimutang eksena sa mga nakalipas na Sona? Sona 2001 – Katatapos lamang ng People Power II. Mahigit isang oras nagsalita […]

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