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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
May 30, 2023

Cracks Appear in the Philippines’ Unity Government

By Mong Palatino
Recent events suggest that the Marcos-Duterte "UniTeam" that stormed last year's presidential election may not make it to the next election in 2028.

May 15, 2023

Philippines Undertakes Major Review of School Curriculum

By Mong Palatino
The Marcos administration wants to make major changes to an education system that is still recovering from the closures of the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 25, 2023

Local Leaders Question Expanded US Military Presence in the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
Several legislators and local officials said they support the expansion of EDCA, but some of the president’s allies have raised questions about it.

April 03, 2023

Mining, Oil Spill, Military Bases Threaten Philippine Islands

By Mong Palatino
News about anti-mining protests and a massive oil spill reflects the rising concern about the rapid destruction of island ecosystems across the Philippines.

March 15, 2023

Alarming Pattern of Killings Continues in the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
This year has seen a series of armed ambushes of local government officials. Meanwhile, the "war on drugs" continues.

March 03, 2023

Marcos Allies Set to Approve Charter Change in Philippine Congress

By Mong Palatino
The Philippine Congress is pushing forward with a plan for a constitutional convention, despite a long history of public opposition to amendments.
February 22, 2023

The Philippines’ Basic Education Crisis

By Mong Palatino
Out of the country's 327,000-odd school buildings, less than a third are in good condition, according to government figures.

January 30, 2023

Marcos and the Philippines at Davos

By Mong Palatino
Since taking office in July, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has undertaken eight trips abroad, with a ninth to come next month.

January 16, 2023

How the Onion Became the Symbol of Inflation in the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
In December, the staple vegetable was selling for more than the cost of chicken and beef.

January 06, 2023

The Philippines’ New Year Airport Meltdown

By Mong Palatino
The start of 2023 should have been triumphant for President Marcos. Instead, domestic and international attention was monopolized by the chaos unfolding at the country's airports.

December 23, 2022

Philippine Congress Approves Sovereign Wealth Fund Bill

By Mong Palatino
The planned Maharlika Investment Fund has attracted controversy, with critics claiming that it is unnecessary and is open to abuse.
December 14, 2022

Philippines Confirms New Envoy to China

By Mong Palatino
The retired foreign correspondent, who has lived in China since 1971, has vowed to build trust with Beijing, while standing up for Philippine interests.

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