December 21, 2014     Philippines
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Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Everything you wanted to know about Philippine politics but were afraid to ask the Left

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino What did the Philippines, South Korea, and Japan had in common in the 1950s? They all allowed the United States to build military bases in their territories. But in 1991, the Philippines kicked out the bases even if it remained an unabashed admirer of American culture. The expulsion of American troops

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

From Abra to Sarangani: The revolution in four deaths

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Tatay Francis Morales. Arnold Borja ‘AJ’ Jaramillo. Recca Noelle Monte. Rendell Ryan ‘Perper’ Cagula. AJ, Recca, and Perper were martyred NPA revolutionaries while Tatay Francis was an environmental activist who succumbed to leukemia....

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

10 Happy things activists always love to do

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino 1. Journeying to the countryside to live with peasant and IP communities. Nature tripping, mountaineering, and political field work plus more. Tourism is fun but an activist explores the rural not just to...

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Why a communist threat will make the world a better place

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino A specter is badly needed today, the specter of communism. It is not enough to expose the evils of capitalism; we must offer and revive a leftwing alternative. To borrow a few words...

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

It’s the 21st century and you are still afraid of the Left?

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com According to some intellectuals and their disciples, it is foolish to join the Left or become a Leftist in the 21st century. They sarcastically remind activists that the Berlin Wall already fell...

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Are you dating an activist? Take the quiz

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com He had you at “power to the people!” and then he said he wanted to “occupy” your heart, and that you are his 99 percent. Yet you find his world quite exotic,...

Friday, August 29th, 2014

10 myths destroyed by the People’s Initiative campaign

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com 1. President Noynoy Aquino is sincere in abolishing the pork barrel system. PDAF (legislative pork) was abolished but the funds were embedded in the national budget. DAP (presidential pork) was discontinued but...

Friday, August 15th, 2014

10 Things to Know About the World’s Longest Communist Revolution

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com 1. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) was reestablished on December 26, 1968 in Alaminos, Pangasinan. Its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), was formed on March 29, 1969 in...

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

The Sona speeches of Macapagal and Marcos that will take you back to the future

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Bulatlat.com The annual state of the nation address is a must read for all citizens who are eager to know the president’s self-rated accomplishment report and priority programs. It is also relevant for...

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...

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...

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