November 27, 2015     Philippines
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Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Politics, tourism and the struggle for social transformation in the Philippines

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Our country is on fire yet we continue to rank our islands based on what tourists want. Should we rejoice when travel magazines list some of our islands as among the must-see places in the world? Yes, of course. But it doesn’t mean we should adopt their standards to measure the

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Ang lumalabang Lumad, hindi si Duterte, ang tanglaw ng Mindanao

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino *Talumpating binigkas sa Mindanao Human Rights Summit na ginanap sa Philippine Normal University, Taft, Manila noong Nobyembre 12, 2015 Sa susunod na linggo, ipapalabas na ang inaabangang huling installment ng pelikulang Hunger Games....

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Why the Left is fighting alongside the Lumad

What they refuse to recognize is that it is mainly the Left which has chosen to embrace the struggle of the Lumad compared to other political forces which sided with foreign capital and big business in the...

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

What our people need: Food, not free wi-fi

Free Wi-Fi is cool, but it is no game changer. We can help poor families survive by making sure they have food on the table, rather than simply giving them Wi-Fi access.

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Sikreto sa Tagumpay ng Kabataan Partylist

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino *Mensaheng binigkas sa pambansang kumbensiyon ng Kabataan Partylist noong Setyembre 28, 2015 Natutuwa po ako at mukhang maraming bagong mukha sa araw na ito; ibig sabihin, bukod sa tumanda at gumradweyt na ang...

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Huwag Maniwala sa Aldub: Ang Paglaban at Pag-ibig ay Laging Nasa Tamang Panahon

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino (Talumpating binigkas sa rehiyunal na kongreso ng College Editors Guild Cagayan Valley sa Isabela State University Cauayan noong Setyembre 10, 2015) Una sa lahat, salamat at andito kayo kahit may Aldub ngayon. Huwag...

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

A is for Anakbayan and other activist terms in the Philippines

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino A – Anakbayan is a youth group established in 1998 which became prominent in Edsa Dos and during the campaign for the abolition of ROTC. Anakpawis is a partylist group which is at...

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

What I think about rallies when I am marching in a rally

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino The heat, of course. Is it going to be tolerable? Ah but the scorching summer temperature is like inferno on Earth. There’s also the humid air, succeeded by a brief but heavy rain,...

Monday, July 6th, 2015

The conscience of a radical or how the Left can join parliament and reject opportunism at the same time

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Some academics lauded a partylist legislator who resigned from Congress because of the latter’s inability to faithfully represent and defend the majority position of his political party. In particular, the legislator said he...

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

In defense of negativity and rah-rah activism

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino If you think activists are too negative, then would you rather prefer the silent optimism of the apathetic? If unimpressed by the political value of streetnoise activism, would you follow the uncritical collaborationism...

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Dear kids, you are free to choose your life, but will you please try activism?

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino These are precarious times. We live in a world plagued by mass poverty, chronic hunger, wealth inequality, and racism but we seem to lack the will to overcome these preventable miseries. The world...

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