See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone.

Learn more about Lingua Translation  »

Mong Palatino

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

Email Mong Palatino

Latest posts by Mong Palatino

24 August 2016

These Videos Expose the Dirty and Destructive Impact of Large-Scale Mining in the Philippines

Residents and investigative journalists have been using mobile phones and even drones to expose how mining is destroying the country’s watersheds and rivers.

23 August 2016

Philippine Sugar Farmers Facing Another ’Dead Season’ Turn to Government for Help

Tiempo Muerto, or “The Dead Season,” can be so brutal on farmers that more than a quarter of a million people—a whopping 385,000 sugar workers—are affected on Negros Island alone.

22 August 2016

Say Hello to Thailand’s New Constitution. And Say Hello Again to Thailand’s Military Rule.

By all accounts, Thailand’s new constitution boosts the dominance of the military, threatening to institutionalize even further a culture of censorship and state control over the media.

13 August 2016

Aside from the Singaporean Swimmer Who Beat Michael Phelps, Meet the Other Southeast Asian Olympic Gold Medalists

Singapore and Vietnam have bagged their first ever Olympic golds in Rio, Thailand has topped the podium twice and the Philippines has ended a two-decade medal drought.

7 August 2016

Southeast Asia’s Iconic Mosques, Temples, Pagodas, and Cathedrals

Where can you find the largest Catholic cathedral in Asia, the world's largest religious monument, and the only mosque without a dome? Only in Southeast Asia.

5 August 2016

Justice as Usual, or Attack on Free Speech? Debunking Singapore’s Contempt-of-Court Bill

Global Voices Advocacy

"Leaving people confused over what can or can’t be said will have a chilling effect, whatever the intention of the law, further entrenching a culture of self-censorship and passive citizenship."

26 July 2016

Is Malaysia's Prime Minister at the Centre of a Billion Dollar Corruption Lawsuit in America?

"I'm angry that the money is used like a personal bank account. More angry at the fact that Malaysian Official #1 is an untouchable here."

22 July 2016

It's Personal for a Singapore Property Entrepreneur Who's Taking a Stand Against Racial Discrimination

"Sorry your wife is Indian, landlord won’t rent to you. Next time please indicate earlier, so we both don’t waste time."

21 July 2016

As Constitutional Referendum Nears, Thailand Intensifies Censorship

"If Thailand's military junta wants its referendum to be seen as credible, it must stop harassing journalists covering the campaign and let information flow freely to the public."

10 July 2016

Hundreds Join March in Cambodia a Few Hours After Government Critic Was Shot Dead

"When regime wanted to kill, labels them [conspirators] not loyal to the regime. Then they kill them."

7 July 2016

Why Did Facebook Remove a Post Criticizing Singapore Police?

Global Voices Advocacy

After police searched political activist and civil rights lawyer Teo Soh Lung's home and computer without a warrant, she posted about it on Facebook. Then her post was taken down.

2 July 2016

Thai Activists Use Toys, Balloons and Dolls to Campaign for Democracy

Protests are still banned in Thailand where the army remains in power, but will authorities arrest the 'protesting' toys and dolls?

26 June 2016

Manila's Pride March Advocates to “End the Hate and Let Love In”

"This year, we need everyone to come together and advance the campaign for love. We call on all Filipinos to let love into their homes, communities, and the whole country."

24 June 2016

Take a Virtual Reality Tour of West Papua’s Coral Reefs

Through a virtual reality film, we can now see the underwater treasures of Birds’ Head and feel like we are “scuba diving in a healthy reef.”

19 June 2016

Censorship Continues in Myanmar as Government Blocks Screening of Film Critical of the Army

"If Myanmar genuinely wants to address human rights abuses, culture, art and media should be encouraged to bring truth, painful stories and wrongdoings—both past and present—into the open."

16 June 2016

Following Complaints, Singapore Removes Same-Sex Kiss Scene in Les Misérables Production

"It is nothing more than a triumph of ignorance and hysteria over common sense and sober reflection."

14 June 2016

Singapore Plans to Pull the Plug on Internet Access for Public Servants

Global Voices Advocacy

"Computer security is important in the modern workplace, but it should not be an excuse to revert to dumb or blind practice."

12 June 2016

Oops! Facebook's Flag Error Unintentionally Puts the Philippines in a ‘State of War’

"Dear @facebook: It's not a happy Independence Day if our flag is like this. Like seriously."

6 June 2016

How Filipinos Remember Muhammad Ali’s ‘Thrilla in Manila’ Boxing Fight

"We lost a giant today. Boxing benefited from Muhammad Ali’s talents but not nearly as much as mankind benefited from his humanity."

2 June 2016

Cambodia’s ‘Black Monday’ Campaign Seeks Freedom for Detained Human Rights Activists

"The government’s fear of people wearing colors is ludicrous. Authorities targeted us just for wearing a black T-shirt, which is a peaceful expression of dissent."

Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices
Email Frequency



No thanks, show me the site