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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
March 26, 2021

A Philippine Plebiscite That Rebuked President Duterte and China

By Mong Palatino
Voters' rejection of a plan to subdivide the island of Palawan into three provinces has been hailed as a victory against oligarchy and foreign encroachment.

March 09, 2021

Myanmar’s Coup: The View from Manila

By Mong Palatino
The Philippines government has condemned the military coup, but does not want any similar scrutiny of its own human rights record.
February 02, 2021

A Brief History of Charter Change Attempts in the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
Successive Filipino leaders have sought to amend the country's constitution. Will Rodrigo Duterte succeed where his predecessors have failed?

December 28, 2020

A Deadly and Disastrous 2020 for the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
Guilty or not for exacerbating the suffering of Filipinos in 2020, Duterte is facing potentially tougher challenges in 2021.

October 21, 2020

Why Is Rodrigo Duterte Still Popular in the Philippines?

By Mong Palatino
Despite allegations of corruption and his ineptitude in handling the COVID-19 crisis, the Philippine leader's popularity continues to climb.

September 21, 2020

Rodrigo Duterte: The Weak Strongman of the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
Mounting concerns about the Philippine President's health threaten to play into elections due in 2022.
August 19, 2020

Are Schools in the Philippines Ready to Open in a Pandemic?

By Mong Palatino
The start of the school year in the Philippines has been delayed, again. Can the Duterte government gets its act together?

July 13, 2020

How Duterte’s Anti-Terror Law Unleashed Public Outrage Against His Leadership

By Mong Palatino
With an ongoing pandemic and economic turmoil, many in the Philippines were enraged that the government prioritized passing an anti-terror law.

June 01, 2020

China’s Clandestine Gamble in the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators or POGO employ and cater largely to Chinese.

May 09, 2020

China’s COVID-19 Diplomacy Backfires in the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
A music video ode to “friendly neighbors across the sea” can’t patch over growing discontent with China in the Philippines.

April 20, 2020

What Is Bogging Down the Philippines’ COVID-19 Response?

By Mong Palatino
A handful of senators urged Duterte to dismiss Health Secretary Duque and the country’s top economist resigned, citing differences in development philosophy.
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.

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