Mong Palatino · August, 2008

Activist and former two-term member of the Philippine House of Representatives. Blogging since 2004 at mongster's nest. Joined Global Voices in 2006.

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Latest posts by Mong Palatino from August, 2008

Thailand: People’s coup or putsch?

  30 August 2008

Since Tuesday, anti-government protesters have invaded Thailand’s Government House demanding the resignation of Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej. The rallyists, estimated to be as low as 3,000 to as high as 25,000, are members of the People's Alliance for Democracy

Audio slide of Bangkok rallies

  30 August 2008

Newley Purnell has uploaded an audio slide about huge anti-government rallies in Bangkok. The protesters are demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister.

Twitter users and Bangkok rallies

  27 August 2008

Thai Twitter users are commenting about the huge rallies led by anti-government groups in Thailand. One user, bodychan, writes: “I don't want Samak say this word ‘No one died in Government House’.”

Anti-government rallies in Bangkok

  27 August 2008

A teacher who is based in a province in Thailand is surprised that people are not talking much about the huge rallies in Bangkok which forced the Prime Minister to seek protection in a military compound.

Middle-aged Bangkok protesters?

  27 August 2008

MrPavee notes that Bangkok protesters who stormed the government house were mostly 45 year-old middle class individuals. He also writes that the rallies “showed the government is really losing its grip and is actually really weak.”

Anwar Ibrahim back in Parliament

  27 August 2008

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will become Member of Parliament again after winning in a recent election. No Kacau, Don't Kacau sees a better political landscape for Malaysia.

Fiji: Draft People's Charter launched

  25 August 2008

Heavy police presence accompanied the launching of Fiji's Draft People's Charter, which among other things will reform the country's electoral system. It is also alleged that villagers were paid to attend the launching.

Singapore: Harassment against Burmese immigrants

  25 August 2008

A Burmese activist applying for visa renewal was asked by Singapore immigration authorities about his political activities: “They asked me: ‘Who is the leader of the OBP? How many members do you have? Who are they? What are their names? Where do you usually gather for meetings?’ And they also...

Southeast Asia’s Olympic performance

  25 August 2008

Southeast Asian countries garnered 12 medals in the recently concluded 2008 Beijing Olympics. Indonesia leads the pack with 5 medals: 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals.

Breastfeeding in Thailand

  24 August 2008 is worried that Thailand has the lowest exclusive breastfeeding rate in Asia and one of the lowest in the world.

Malaysian politics and Olympics

  24 August 2008

A Malaysian badminton silver medalist found himself at the center of power struggle among Malaysia's political parties when he arrived home. Blogger 4896 advises politicians to spare athletes from political intramurals.

Laos in the Olympics

  24 August 2008

The 2008 Beijing Olympics informed many people around the world that Laos is pronounced as Lao (silent ‘s’), as noted by I Eat Padek.

Malaysia: Avril Lavigne is too sexy?

  22 August 2008

The youth wing of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party is urging the government to cancel the scheduled concert of singer Avril Lavigne in Malaysia because the singer is deemed too sexy. Blogger My Little Sanctuary is angry.

Thai King is world's richest royal

  22 August 2008

Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej is the world's richest royal. Thailand Jumped the Shark asks if it is a source of pride or national embarrassment. Bangkok Pundit comments too.

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