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Mong Palatino

activist and two-term member of the philippine house of representatives. blogging since 2004 at mongster's nest.

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24 March 2017

Searching for Justice, This Catholic Church Worker Documents Drug Killings in the Philippines

"As a photojournalist, always be with the poor, understand their social reality."

15 March 2017

Disney’s New ‘Gay Moment’ Outrages Religious Conservatives in Malaysia and Singapore

Religious groups and state censors in Singapore and Malaysia are unhappy about the live-action remake of Disney's “Beauty and the Beast,” because of a “gay moment” in the film.

6 March 2017

These Light-Art Installations in Singapore’s Marina Bay Also Promote Energy Conservation

Look how some of Singapore's most iconic buildings become even more stunning during the “Light Festival,” where art installations from nine different countries are displayed at the Marina Bay waterfront.

2 March 2017

Philippines Offers Media Credentials to Bloggers — But Some Suspect State is Trying to Control Online Content

Global Voices Advocacy

"when analyzed [in accordance with the guidelines]....it becomes clear that contrary views are unacceptable lest they be misinterpreted as provocative."

1 March 2017

Malaysian Court Convicts Activist for Screening Human Rights Documentary

"Screening, sharing, watching and making films is not a crime."

26 February 2017

Why Singapore Changed the Name of Its New World War II Exhibition

"We must honor and respect the feelings of those who suffered terribly and lost family members during the Japanese Occupation," said the country's minister for communications and information.

19 February 2017

Thousands Joined ‘Walk for Life’ to Protest Extrajudicial Killings and Revival of Death Penalty in the Philippines

"If the response to violence is also violence, we double the violence. We should match it with non-violence."

16 February 2017

Here Are Some of the Southeast Asian Artifacts in the Met Museum's Public Domain Collection

"Since our audience is really the three billion internet-connected individuals around the world, we need to think big about how to reach these viewers..."

10 February 2017

Thai Media Groups Say Proposed Law Could Bring Total Government Control of the Press

"Government presence on a press panel and licensing of journalists are never part of a free press."

30 January 2017

Myanmar Activists Say Junta-Era Defamation Law Must Go

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is not appropriate that a citizen who criticises someone more powerful should face legal action of this kind."

27 January 2017

The Day Bangkok and Other Thai Provinces Turned Green on Google Maps

"When did we get so many forests in Bangkok?", asked a Twitter user.

23 January 2017

Filipino Farmers and Activists March for Justice and ‘La La Land Reform’

'Stop killing peasants who feed the nation,' reads one banner during the January 20 march organized by peasant groups and activists in the Philippines.

18 January 2017

Thai Junta Didn’t See the Irony of Installing Dinosaurs in Front of the Government House

"So many dinosaurs are at government house...a few are even seen outside."

15 January 2017

Thai Army Invites Children to Play with Real Guns, Tanks and Assault Helicopters

"[We're] familiarizing them with soldiers and weaponry. By familiarizing them, they learn to love soldiers and even become soldiers."

12 January 2017

Nickelodeon Won’t Get Its Underwater Theme Park in the Philippines, If Environmentalists Have Their Say

"For a channel that targets children, Nickelodeon is setting a terrible example to the younger generation by taking away their right to enjoy our natural resources," says one critic.

8 January 2017

Singapore's Prime Minister Leads Netizens in Expressing Gratitude for Foreign Workers

Local observers argue that real policies to protect migrant workers' rights are still absent in the wealthy Asian city state, however.

31 December 2016

Malaysians Can Have Their Cake and Eat It Too Inside McDonald's — But Only If It's Halal

"Has halal political correctness gone overboard? Will we one day see moral police invading houses to ensure that we are eating only halal food? When will common sense prevail?"

21 December 2016

Thailand’s New Computer Crimes Law Threatens Free Speech and Encryption

Global Voices Advocacy

"The law's most serious shortcoming is in its giving too much power for authorities to make their own judgement whether certain actions may be deemed in violation of the law."

12 December 2016

These Short Films by Young Cambodian Men Aim to Stop Sexual Harassment

Rising Voices

Why stop sexual harassment? Young amateur filmmakers from Cambodia explored this question to encourage the public -- especially men -- to understand the impact of sexual harassment.

8 December 2016

Activist Arrested on Royal Insult Charges for Sharing BBC Article About Thailand's New King

Global Voices Advocacy

Almost 2,500 Facebook users shared the post, but the police singled out an activist calling for the restoration of democracy in Thailand.

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