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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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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.

27 August 2014

‘Citizen Lawmakers’ in the Philippines Are Organizing a Campaign To Do What Politicians Won't: Abolish Pork Barrel

Hundreds of organizations hailing from various sectors have united in a historic attempt to collect enough signatures for a law abolishing the corruption-tainted presidential and congressional pork barrel.

27 July 2014

The Philippines’ ‘Anti-Corruption’ President Is Facing Impeachment Calls Over Accusations of Corruption

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, who won on an anti-corruption platform, is now accused of corruption after one of his fund programs was dismissed by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

5 July 2014

Workers Who Make Your iPhone Possible Are Fighting Labor Abuse in the Philippines With Selfies and Hashtags

The #bringbacknxp24 campaign on social media, which demands fair pay and regular employment, has received support from around the world.

30 June 2014

How the Philippine President Managed to Anger Film Legend Nora Aunor's Legions of Fans

The Filipina actress who starred in one of the most memorable Asian films has been nominated for the National Artist title. But the Philippine president rejected the nomination.

22 June 2014

Student Faces Criminal Charges for Disrupting Philippine President's Speech on Independence Day

A student leader in the Philippines was detained and subsequently charged with two criminal cases for disrupting the Independence Day speech of the President.

18 October 2013

PHOTOS: Hundreds Dead, Historic Churches Destroyed in Philippine Quake

"Our churches may have been destroyed but not our faith" became a popular online message in the Philippines after a strong earthquake hit the central part of the country

27 August 2013

‘Million People March’ Against Corruption in the Philippines

Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos gathered in Manila and several cities in the Philippines to denounce rampant corruption in the government.

15 August 2013

‘Selfies’ Protest Against Philippine Train Fare Hikes

Filipino activists are encouraging commuters and netizens to post "selfies" or self-portraits expressing opposition to train fare hikes.

25 May 2013

Philippine Elections Tainted by Allegations of Automated Fraud

In spite of claims by the Commission on Elections of a peaceful, orderly, and ultimately successful elections, poll watchdogs are alleging that the Philippine midterm polls were tainted by automated...

24 April 2013

Diaper Ad Hit for ‘Twisting’ Philippine History

A popular diaper manufacturer has been ordered to stop airing a TV advertisement that parodies an episode in Philippine history. An online petition was also initiated which criticized the ad...

18 March 2013

Philippines: Forced to Leave School Due to Unpaid Fees, Student Commits Suicide

A 16-year old college freshman in the University of the Philippines Manila committed suicide after she was forced by the school administration to stop attending her classes because of unpaid...

23 January 2013

Philippines: US Navy Ship Damages ‘Protected’ Tubbataha Reefs

Filipino netizens, environmentalists, and nationalists are angry after a United States Navy minesweeper, the USS Guardian, caused damage to the corals of the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea. The...

21 January 2013

Philippines: Anti-Cybercrime Law Denounced as ‘Cyber Martial Law’

More voices in the Philippines are questioning the Cybercrime Prevention Law as the oral arguments on the petitions against the law are being heard in the Supreme Court. The law...

10 December 2012

Tropical Storm Pablo Leaves Trail of Devastation in Southern Philippines

Tropical storm Pablo (international name: Bopha) left a trail of destruction in various parts of the southern Philippine islands of Mindanao, Leyte, Cebu, and Negros after entering the country last...

30 October 2012

Philippines: Online Shame Campaign Against “Epal” Politicians

With less than a few months before the 2013 national elections, various groups have launched an online shame campaign against the common practice of Filipino politicians to attach their names...

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