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April 27, 2009

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Reference: Rep. Mong Palatino, 09222914266

First elected youth party-list rep takes oath before SC Justice Carpio

Kabataan Rep. Mong Palatino: Youth and student leader, blogger and political journalist, son of migrant workers and father of two

29-year-old Kabataan Partylist Rep. Mong Palatino describes himself in his web blog as an activist, blogger and political journalist, but he is undeniably much more than these. Rep. Palatino now embodies Pinoy youth pride, patriotism and political potential as the first elected youth party-list representative in Congress.

Rep. Palatino took his oath into office today before Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio. He was accompanied by other youth and student leaders from leading national youth organizations, colleges and universities.

“Today is a historic event that we share with all Filipino youth. We have no time to waste. We will immediately address the concerns and issues of our constituents to make up for the years we were deprived of as the sole youth voice in Congress,” he said.

Rep. Palatino said that Kabataan Party-list would immediately bring to the House of Representatives the youth’s strong opposition to charter change.

He also said that Kabataan Party-list plans to pass legislation confronting the lack of available decent jobs for this year’s 900,000 new graduates. He also plans to file a bill calling for moratorium on tuition fee increases this coming enrollment.

He also encouraged the youth to register and actively participate in the 2010 elections. “Kabataan Party-list’s installment into Congress is the first step in achieving our vision of good governance through a politics of hope, struggle and change. We realized the importance of active youth participation and look where it brought us now. Still, we have a long way to go. Let us start now and ensure that our voices resonate the changes the youth want in 2010.”

Youth and student leader

Rep. Palatino is considered as one of the most brilliant youth and student leaders of his generation. He was chair of the University Student Council of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman in 2000 and president of the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the largest alliance of tertiary student councils nationwide from 2001 to 2003. He is also one of the leading youth veterans of EDSA Dos.

An education graduate of UP, Palatino has been a prominent figure in various campaigns and issues concerning youth and students. He was convenor to several youth alliances such as the Education for All (e4all) Movement, Abolish ROTC, Tuition Refund, Youth Action Network against electoral fraud and violence, Youth Demanding Arroyo’s Removal (Youth DARE), Youth against Charter Change and Tyranny (Y-CHAT), Youth for Accountability and Truth Now (Youth ACT Now), and TxtPower, a consumer rights advocacy group, among others.

In 2004, Palatino was recognized by the Quezon City government for exemplary youth leadership and was awarded by the United Nations Association of the Philippines as an Outstanding Youth Leader for Advocacy on National Concerns.

First blogger-turned-congressman

Aside from being the first elected youth party-list representative in Congress, Rep. Palatino is also the first blogger-turned-congressman.

Unlike other government officials who resorted to blogging and other Internet social networking sites upon assuming office, Rep. Palatino has been a blogger since 2004. He maintains a regular blog, www.mongpalatino.motime.com, as well as accounts in Twitter, Plurk and Facebook.

He also writes for several online publications. He is the Southeast Asia editor of Global Voices Online, a web columnist for tinig.com, and was former news editor of yehey.com. He is also one of the leading members of Bloggers’ Kapihan, an online network of young bloggers, and was a finalist in the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards for Commentaries. He is also a lead convenor and board member of TxtPower, a consumer rights organization.

Blogging, texting and the Internet proved instrumental in Kabataan Party-list’s electoral campaign last 2007. Working with limited resources and funds, Kabataan brought a significant part of its campaigning to cyber space and, as a result, garnered the support of thousands of bloggers through its Kabataan Cyber Fever campaign.

“The Internet and texting have been and continue to be a powerful tool of the youth, especially students and young opinion makers, to make their voices heard by our lawmakers and the society in general. We vow to continue using this medium to be able to reach out not only to young Filipinos here in the country but also abroad,” Rep. Palatino said.

Rep. Palatino is a son of migrant workers and a proud father to his newborn son, Neil Esmond. His daughter, Renee Elle, 4 years old, was with him during the oath-taking. ###

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One Comment

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