July 28, 2014     Philippines
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Monday, July 21st, 2014

What activists want: A world without rallies

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com Have you ever wondered why there are rallies calling for land reform but none that advocate for women’s right to suffrage? The answer is obvious: The first is a demand by landless farmers which is being virulently opposed by the powerful landed class while the latter is already a political

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Why college is better than congress

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com I was a congressman for four years (2009-2013) which equaled the number of my undergraduate years at UP Diliman (1996-2000). When asked about my two-term stint in Congress, I often claim that...

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

9 common misconceptions about activists and rallies. Number 9 will surprise you

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com 1. Rallies are violent, street rallies are illegal, and they cause destabilization. A rally is neither a picnic nor a carnival but it is also not a riot and a mortal combat...

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

The perils of being an ex-legislator in the age of pork

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com I’m an ex-con or ex-congressman. I was a two-termer (not two-timer) who represented the country’s first elected youth party. I was the third poorest solon and believe it or not I left...

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

If you really hate China, then why do you want other people to rally for you?

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com Outsourcing may be a popular business innovation but when applied to politics it becomes an atrocious aberration. Political participation is reduced into voting since we expect mainstream parties to oversee and dominate...

Monday, May 26th, 2014

The 3-in-1 revolution

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com At the risk of oversimplifying the definition of revolution, I dare say it involves three dynamics: critique and destruction of the existing social order, building a new world, and the continuous reinvention...

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Happy with the ban plastic laws? Then thank activism

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com Next to tree planting, the most popular green initiative of politicians today is the adoption of ‘ban plastic’ ordinances. The new normal is the total dislike for anything plastic and the coming...

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The intriguing newness of the New People’s Army

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com The ‘new’ in the communist New People’s Army signifies many things and each deciphering is helpful to understand why this rebel force has never been defeated by successive governments. The original communist-led...

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Who will rejoice if the NPA is defeated?

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com Is the military already acceding that the communist New People’s Army is the modern-day Katipunan? Because why would an army general tag Benito Tiamzon as NPA supremo when the government is adamantly...

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Didn’t we tell you that it is not a Sison revolution?

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com For the longest time the military has bombarded the public with the propaganda that it is Joma Sison who is leading and controlling the Philippine revolution from his base in Western Europe....

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The people’s decade

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com If the future generation will ask us about Philippine politics during the early years of the 21st century, what should we tell them? Perhaps some historians will name it as Erap’s decade....

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