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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
November 28, 2018

What the Neverending Imelda Marcos Case Means for Philippine Politics

By Mong Palatino
The issue has significant implications for how the country deals with its past and confronts its future.

October 06, 2018

Is There Really a New Duterte Coup Plot in the Philippines?

By Mong Palatino
A recent wave of speculation risks conflating actual legitimate opposition with potential and unproven coup attempts.
August 27, 2018

Duterte Is Killing the Philippines' Environment

By Mong Palatino
A closer look at yet another troubling aspect of the president’s record.

August 01, 2018

Is the Congress Coup in the Philippines a Threat to Duterte?

By Mong Palatino
The development could have important implications for Duterte’s remaining time in office and Philippine politics more generally.

July 12, 2018

Why the Philippines’ New Anti-Terror Law Would Be a Blow to Rights

By Mong Palatino
Critics fear amendments could trample liberties and further enable a descent into dictatorial rule.

June 27, 2018

Duterte’s Anti-Women Behavior Sparks the Philippines’ Own #MeToo Moment

By Mong Palatino
A recent social media campaign in the country is a further sign of growing opposition against the president.
April 03, 2018

The Trouble With Duterte's New Terror List

By Mong Palatino
The move has raised more questions than it has offered answers.

March 07, 2018

How ASEAN Strongmen Use Legal Reform to Weaken Democracy

By Mong Palatino
Hun Sen and Rodrigo Duterte show that constitutional reform remains a favorite tool of the region's power-hungry leaders.

February 06, 2018

Duterte’s Drug War in the Philippines: New Campaign, Old Problems

By Mong Palatino
The reloaded war continues to face some familiar challenges.

January 23, 2018

Will Duterte’s ‘Cha-Cha’ Train Lead to Dictatorship in the Philippines?

By Mong Palatino
Recent moves have raised some troubling questions about the country’s drift to authoritarianism under a strongman's rule.

December 29, 2017

Singapore's Intolerance of Dissent in the Spotlight as Police Take on a 'Recalcitrant' Activist

By Mong Palatino
Jolovan Wham's treatment at the hands of Singaporean authorities highlights the PAP's anxieties.
December 13, 2017

With Martial Law Extended in the Philippines, What’s Next for Duterte’s New 'Communist Terrorist' War?

By Mong Palatino
A closer look at a development that could have significant implications for the country’s domestic politics and foreign policy.

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