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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
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.

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.

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