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Karlo Mikhail Mongaya

Karlo is a bibliophile, social activist, flaneur, literature graduate, and citizen media advocate based in Panay island in the Philippines. Check out hello.lenin!, his blog on books, literature, reading, and politics.

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6 November 2016

This Museum in a Protest Camp Documents the Struggles of Lumad Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines

"This museum is unlike modern or academic museums that tend to treat indigenous images and things merely as pretty relics for display,"

20 October 2016

A Philippine Police Van Brutally Runs Over Indigenous and Minority Protesters Calling for Their Rights

"In our ancestral communities, the attacks are far worse...Everywhere we turn, we Lumads and other national minorities are brutalized."

12 October 2016

Millions Are Playing Philippine President Duterte’s War on Drugs on Their Mobile Phones

Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s “War on Crime” has invaded the virtual world in a viral action-packed mobile app.

8 September 2016

Filipino Fishers Living in a Scenic Cove Fight to Save Their Homes From Demolition and Land Grabbing

"Our forefathers have been here, 150 years ago. They were the ones who cleared the area. Now a giant developer wants us to leave the land where we grew up."

16 August 2016

Jalaur Mega Dam in the Philippines Threatens to Displace Indigenous Peoples in Panay Island

"The people who will be most affected by the project do not approve of the project."

13 July 2016

Filipinos Call on China to Do a #Chexit in the South China Sea

"West Philippine Sea is legally, politically and historically ours. The hell with China's imaginary 9-dash line, #CHexit now!"

29 March 2016

How a Nazi Ghost Came to Haunt the Philippine Presidential Debate

After being accused of corruption in a televised debate, the Philippine vice president conjured the ghost of Nazi propaganda minister Goebbels.

24 November 2015

How Manila Became a ‘Walking Dead’ City During the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit

Leaders from 21 nations arrived in Manila to attend an economic summit. As part of security measure, major roads were closed and flights were cancelled, which inconvenienced thousands of residents.

11 November 2015

Lumad Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines Speak Out Against Abuses

“The Philippine Army destroyed our school. They even burned our agricultural cooperative. I experienced getting jailed and now face trumped-up charges of kidnapping. We miss our ancestral land."

28 August 2015

Migrant Filipinos and Their Families Tell the Government: ‘Hands Off Our Balikbayan Boxes!’

"The implied accusation that they are out to cheat government is an insult they can never forgive and forget."

13 August 2015

After “Grossly Distorting” UN Views on the Internally Displaced Ata-Manobos, the Philippine Military Apologizes

"The community wishes to return to its lands but stressed that they will only feel safe to do so if the long-term militarization of their region comes to an end."

4 June 2015

‘We're Here for Our Families': Filipino Workers on Strike Share Hopes for Tomorrow

“We are fighting for regularization so that we will not lose our livelihood. This is for all the workers abused by the company.”

29 May 2015

Despite Attacks by Guards and Thugs, These Factory Workers in the Philippines Remain on Strike

About 90 percent of the workforce in the factory are contractuals or temporary workers. The striking workers were violently dispersed by goons reportedly hired by the company.

26 May 2015

Philippines’ Deadliest Ever Factory Fire Linked to Lax Labor Standards

An initial probe reveals that the factory violated several occupational health and safety standards, despite the government's assurances to the contrary.

5 February 2015

Filipinos Ask ‘Where Is the President?’ After He Skips Arrival Honors for Slain Police

Forty-four policemen died in a special operation to capture the alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings. President Aquino attended a car event instead of the arrival honors.

3 February 2015

Philippines Admits Homeless Families Were Taken to a Posh Resort During Pope Francis Visit

But the government insisted that the 'family camp' for homeless families merely coincided with the papal visit.

18 November 2014

Tens of Thousands Demand Justice for Typhoon Haiyan Victims in the Philippines

"They cry every time they retell their stories. And not just because they lost loved ones and what little properties they had during the storm."

17 October 2014

Outrage Over Transgender Woman's Suspected Murder by US Marine in the Philippines

The case has led some in the Philippines to call for the military agreements between their country and the United States to be scrapped.

27 September 2014

Philippine Mall Apologizes For Selling Shirts that Say Rape is a ‘Snuggle with a Struggle’

This week Internet users were also enraged after a female model on a leash was pulled by a man, while she was on all fours, at a fashion show.

9 September 2014

Forget Ice Water. Philippine Commuters Are Challenging Politicians to Ride Public Transport at Rush Hour

Senator Grace Poe took the #MRTChallenge last week while presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte and Edwin Lacierda also followed a few days after.

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