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Mong Palatino · May, 2009

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 May, 2009

Singapore: First swine flu case

The dreaded and deadly Influenza A (H1N1) virus has arrived in Singapore already. The city state confirms it is treating a patient who tested positive for swine flu.

Singapore: First LGBT Rally

More than 2,500 people in Singapore gathered at Hong Lim Park to form a human Pink Dot - a symbol of love and inclusiveness. It was Singapore’s first public rally...

Singapore: Annual reading initiative

The National Library Board of Singapore launched READ! Singapore 2009, a nationwide reading initiative that aims to promote a culture of reading among Singaporeans

Suicide cases in Singapore

Reports show that suicide is one of the top causes of death among Singapore youth.

Myanmar: Junta leader is “mentally insane”

For conducting an “unjustified trial” against Myanmar opposition leader Daw Aung San Su Kyi, a blogger uploads an article which caricatures the junta leader Than Shwe as “mentally insane.” Suu...

Influenza A(H1N1) cases in Southeast Asia

Several Southeast Asian countries have confirmed that some of their citizens have tested positive for Influenza A(H1N1) infection. The region is no longer swine flu-free. Bloggers react as the virus...

“Obama” as President of Indonesia

“Obama” presents himself as President of Indonesia through a YouTube video. The clip features an Obama impersonator. The presidential election in Indonesia will be held on July.

Indonesia: Presidential election survey

Survey result shows Indonesia's incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is still leading among the candidates for the July polls.

Indonesia: Wealthy candidates

Jakartass reviews the wealth reports submitted by Indonesia's presidential candidates. Many of them have businesses outside of Indonesia.

Wrong definition of Lao in Webster's dictionary

According to Webster's dictionary, Laos is the “thai language of the Lao people.” This is wrong. Blogger JRM writes that Lao is the “official language of the country of Laos”

Indonesia: Army plane crash

An Indonesian army plane carrying more than 100 passengers crashed in East Java. Twitter user ari197 comments: “Indonesian soldier is dying not because of war but because of old device/weapons/planes/ships.”

Myanmar: Facebook campaign for Aung San Suu Kyi

A Facebook page was created by pro-democracy activists who are demanding the release of democracy icon and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Almost 50,000 people have registered their...

Singapore: Youth Olympic Games

Singapore will be hosting the first Youth Olympic Games from 14 to 26 August 2010. Check out the official blog of the major sporting event.

Lao dialects

Caroline Finlay gives a general background on the numerous Laotian dialects.

Vietnam: Bloggers under attack

Le Trung Thanh, a university student and blogger, writes about how bloggers are censored and harassed in Vietnam.

Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar: A Year After

A deadly cyclone hit Myanmar’s southern Irrawaddy delta in May 2008 which affected more than 2 million people. A year after the Cyclone Nargis tragedy, survivors are still suffering while...

Malaysia: “Death of democracy” in Perak

Blogger ktemoc from Malaysia writes that the forcible removal of the Speaker of the Perak State Parliament by unidentified outsiders is “deplorable, disgraceful and deceitful in a democracy.”

Indonesia: Waste of election campaign funds

Youthful Insight from Indonesia thinks that having too many parties compete in the elections is a waste of election campaign funds.

Indonesia: Parliamentary election results

Official election results in Indonesia have been released already. Nine parties were able to get enough votes which gave them the right to clinch representation in the Parliament.

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi health condition

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is reportedly suffering a low blood pressure and dehydration. The leader is still under house arrest.

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