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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
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.

November 30, 2022

The ‘Chaos and Confusion’ Inside the Marcos Government

By Mong Palatino
The recent expulsion by the president's party of Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez has highlighted the shambolic state of affairs within the administration.

November 21, 2022

Philippines Assures UN that it Upholds Human Rights

By Mong Palatino
Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla denied the claims that the country is plagued by a "culture of impunity."
November 11, 2022

UN Report Charts Human Rights Decline in the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
The administration of President Marcos has said and done nothing substantial to address the country's human rights crisis.

November 02, 2022

Why Is Philippine President Marcos Not Appointing a Health Secretary?

By Mong Palatino
So far, the reasons that the new leader has offered have been vague and at times incoherent.

October 24, 2022

Freedom of Expression Declines Further Under Marcos

By Mong Palatino
As expected, the Philippines' new leader has done little to reverse his predecessor's dire track record on free speech.

October 17, 2022

The First 100 Days of Philippine Vice President Sara Duterte

By Mong Palatino
Is the daughter of the former president gearing up for her own presidential run in 2028?

October 04, 2022

Philippine Judges and Lawyers Push Back Against Red-Tagging

By Mong Palatino
A judge who dismissed a government petition to designate the country's communist insurgency a terrorist group has in turn been accused of communist sympathies.
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.

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