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Karlo Mongaya

Karlo Mongaya is a graduate student at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City. He currently lives with his partner, Sheila, and daughter Giap. He spends the rest of his time as a freelance writer, research assistant, and part-time volunteer for the activist group Anakbayan.

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Latest posts by Karlo Mongaya

6 May 2018

Homeless, jobless, and penniless, residents resist closure of the Philippines’ Boracay island

"As an advocate for the environment I want it rehabilitated too, but I bleed more for the people who are affected by the closure."

19 April 2018

The Philippine government's plan to shut down Boracay resort island threatens to displace thousands

"Thousands upon thousands of real people will be affected by a complete closure of the island. Real, breathing humans, not statistics."

22 January 2018

Filipino Bloggers Rally to Defend Rappler News Site

Advox

"We stand against moves to silence and scare journalists, bloggers and media practitioners just because the President and his ardent supporters dislike their news and views."

21 January 2018

Ocean Mapping Expedition Tracing Magellan’s Voyage Reaches the Philippines

A sailing ship following Ferdinand Magellan’s voyage around the globe is also an ocean mapping expedition that explores humanity’s impact on the oceans and the environment.

17 January 2018

Philippine Authorities Order Shutdown of Rappler News Site, Bringing a Blow to Press Freedom

Advox

"If this revocation stands, Rappler will effectively be shut down —the first time a news organization will be closed by government since the dictator Marcos declared martial law in 1972."

30 December 2017

Survivors of a Deadly Mall Fire in the Philippines Share Harrowing Testimonies on Social Media

"Simultaneously, the lights went out. There was no electricity. It was dark, people started screaming. Smoke was starting to cover us. I maintained composure..."

29 December 2017

From Political Icon to Tyrant: President Duterte, According to Philippine Protest Effigies

The many protest effigies during President Rodrigo Duterte's first two years in power reflected the evolving position of left-leaning activists and rights advocates towards the new administration.

25 December 2017

Photos: Days Before Christmas, Tropical Storm Tembin Batters Southern Philippine Island of Mindanao

"Let’s also include in our prayers the families residing in Pagalungan, North Cotabato who are affected...they don’t have their evacuation center and as of the moment, no relief goods..."

20 December 2017

Tropical Storm Unleashes Deadly Destruction on Philippines Four Years After Super Typhoon Haiyan

"We would never have thought the storm would cause evacuation-efforts spanning three regions or paralyzed the economy of close to three provinces in Eastern Visayas."

18 December 2017

The Hypocrisy of the Philippines National Police Human Rights Mobile App

"The ‘Know Your Rights’ app is a perfect example of hypocrisy because the only application that is known to the PNP is the application of torture..."

19 October 2017

Philippines: Human Rights Groups Ask Apple to Reject Games Glorifying President Duterte's War on Drugs

Advox

"It is unacceptable that Apple is tolerant to making profit out of people’s unjust deaths and misery".

4 October 2017

Tens of Thousands in the Philippines Rally Against President Duterte's Deadly ‘Triple Wars’

Despite efforts of the Philippine government to sabotage the event, organizers estimated around 30,000 people braved the rains to join the rally against human rights abuses.

14 September 2017

Teen Killings Show How Vulnerable Communities Suffer the Brunt of the Philippine Government's ‘War on Drugs’

"This could happen to anyone as Duterte continually encourages the police to kill without due process, plant evidence, and cover up in the course of his bloody 'war on drugs'."

15 August 2017

‘Dagdag Gastos’ Calculator Debunks Philippine Government Claim That Tax Reform Will Benefit the Poor

"Ultimately, more Filipino families will have to shoulder added expenses to their already gravely inadequate incomes."

8 August 2017

‘Troll-in-Chief'? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Admits Hiring Online Defenders During 2016 Election

Advox

The study found out that $200,000 were spent to fund the pro-Duterte troll army composed of 400 to 500 individuals.

31 March 2017

Homeless Filipino Families Occupy 6,000 Vacant Public Housing Units

"Look at those houses, they are idle. The grasses have grown tall, the houses are being invaded by soil. Why don't they let the homeless live there?"

2 February 2017

Hundreds Still Missing After Factory Fire in Philippine Export Processing Zone

"Our hearts are crying out for justice for the workers of HTI. Not a single worker should die in the workplace, even when a fire breaks out."

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.

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