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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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Latest posts by Mong Palatino

4 October 2015

#StopLumadKillings Campaign Demands Protection for Anti-Mining Tribes in Southern Philippines

"They are the bearers of our unique artistic traditions. Their murder is the murder of our peoples’ soul."

2 October 2015

Thai Netizens Stage ‘Virtual Sit-in’ Against Single Internet Gateway Plan

Global Voices Advocacy

"The single benefit is to the government and security agencies. They will be able to secretly wiretap, filter, and censor everything that is sent and received by every Internet user."

27 September 2015

Consumers and Activists Take Action in Singapore to Stop Haze Pollution

"As consumers, we can contribute towards our collective fight against haze pollution by making informed and responsible purchases."

18 September 2015

Photos Show How Badly the Haze Is Affecting Southeast Asia

As a forest fire sends a thick haze above Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, face masks have become the fashion du jour for those venturing outdoors.

15 September 2015

Veteran Thai Journalist Detained After ‘Attitude-Adjustment’

Global Voices Advocacy

"Freedom can't be maintained if we're not willing to defend it," Pravit tweeted on the day of his detention.

7 September 2015

Will Singapore Vote for Continuity or Change?

"We’re also seeing a significant slice of the younger generation who feel that change is necessary,"

1 September 2015

Meet the ‘Loa’ Podcast Network: What Vietnam's Mainstream Media Has Been Missing

"Loa seeks to explore the ideas and stories that shape Vietnam today. We amplify the voices you often don't hear and broadcast the perspectives you haven’t heard."

31 August 2015

Malaysia’s 34-Hour Bersih Rally Against Government Corruption Gathers 100,000 People

"To many, Bersih 4 is something that gave them the courage to dream. To know that a fair and just Malaysia can truly exist."

21 August 2015

Malaysia Considers Forcing News Websites to Register with Government, As Political Scandal Unfolds

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is highly unlikely that this move is intended to achieve anything other than the shutting down of criticism."

19 August 2015

After 2 Bombings in Bangkok, Thai Internet Users Join #StrongerTogether Movement

Two bomb blasts rocked central Bangkok in the past two days, killing 20 people and injuring hundreds. Now Thailand tries to move forward.

12 August 2015

Speaking Up for the Big Endangered Elephant in the Room

"So many people around the world love elephants but aren’t aware that elephants are in crisis."

10 August 2015

Protests as Malaysia Suspends Two Newspapers Following a Corruption Expose

Global Voices Advocacy

"We must never forget abuses of power today. You can suspend The Edge but you can't suspend truth!"

8 August 2015

As the Country Celebrates its Golden Year, Singaporeans Turn Nostalgic on the Internet

"The main objective is to relive memories for the earlier generation and introduce these to the younger ones for a deeper appreciation of the Lion City’s rich history."

7 August 2015

How Social Media Moved People to Act in Flood-Ravaged Myanmar

"This time the flood is being covered minute-by-minute via social media and we can see how authorities have responded, for better or for worse."

2 August 2015

Global Voices Partners with Myanmar’s The Irrawaddy

Because of its critical reports, The Irrawaddy magazine was banned by the military regime in Myanmar and anyone found with a copy could be arrested and imprisoned.

1 August 2015

Malaysia’s #AtTheEdge Campaign Challenges Media Censorship

"At a time when there are more questions than answers available regarding the financial scandal, the Ministry’s action appears to be a self-serving draconian attempt at shutting up inquisitive Malaysians."

26 July 2015

Malaysia Blocks News Website and Suspends Two Local Papers for Reporting on Government Corruption

"Our report is based on evidence corroborated by documents that include bank transfers and statements. How can the work we have done be deemed as a political conspiracy?"

25 July 2015

Why Do Seniors in Singapore Still Collect Cardboard Boxes?

The plight of elderly cardboard-collectors has become a popular topic in Singapore over the past two weeks, following a government minister's not-so-amusing gaff.

22 July 2015

Myanmar’s Factories Warn of Economic Shutdown If Minimum Wage Hike Goes Ahead

"It is vital to ensure that the first ever minimum wage level doesn't lock workers from one sector into poverty."

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