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Mong Palatino

Mong Palatino

Mong Palatino served for two terms in the House of Representatives in the Philippines representing the youth sector.

He is a regular blogger and Global Voices regional editor for Southeast Asia and Oceania.

Posts by Mong Palatino
September 26, 2022

What Philippine President Marcos Said in New York

By Mong Palatino
The president's six-day working trip offered some glimpses into the priorities of his administration.

September 19, 2022

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Says His Father Was Not a Dictator

By Mong Palatino
In a soft-ball interview with his goddaughter, the new Philippine leader has defended his family's controversial legacy.
September 07, 2022

Making Sense of the Philippines’ Latest Poverty Statistics

By Mong Palatino
The Philippine Statistics Authority says that nearly 1 in 5 Filipinos are living below the poverty line – but the real number could be a lot higher.

August 26, 2022

A Look at Philippine President Marcos’ ‘Unity Budget’ for 2023

By Mong Palatino
The administration claims that the $94 billion budget will help propel the country out of its COVID-19-induced slump.

August 15, 2022

Philippine Senator Tackles Long-Standing Sabah Claim

By Mong Palatino
A recent French court ruling has pushed the territorial dispute back onto the country's political agenda.

August 08, 2022

What Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Can Learn from Fidel Ramos

By Mong Palatino
The late president's political legacy offers a blueprint for what the Marcos administration should do – and what it should avoid.
July 29, 2022

The First 30 Days of the Marcos Presidency

By Mong Palatino
If the past month is anything to go by, the new administration is poised to carry on the legacy of Rodrigo Duterte.

July 14, 2022

Will the Marcos Government Uphold Media Freedom?

By Mong Palatino
Judging from the recent election campaign and the new president's first two weeks in office, the signs are not good.

June 28, 2022

Arrests and Censorship Mark Rodrigo Duterte’s Final Month in Power

By Mong Palatino
The president has solidified his reputation as a leader who enabled the rapid deterioration of human rights in the Philippines.

June 08, 2022

The Options for Duterte’s Post-Presidency

By Mong Palatino
Rodrigo Duterte has pledged to retire to his home in Davao City, Mindanao. But don't rule out another political chapter.

May 23, 2022

Political Dynasties Dominate Philippines Election — Again

By Mong Palatino
The return to power of the Marcos clan hints at deeper problems with the country's democracy.
May 11, 2022

No Honeymoon for the Marcos Presidency?

By Mong Palatino
Despite his platform of national "unity," Ferdinand Jr.'s presidency will likely further polarize an already divided society.

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