Mong Palatino · December, 2011

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 December, 2011

Philippines: Blog of Detained Cultural Worker

  28 December 2011

Jailhouse Blog is the online prison diary of Ericson Acosta, an artist and activist who was arrested by the Philippine Army while conducting human rights documentation in Samar province. He faces charges of illegal possession of explosives.

Cambodia: One Province, One Product Trade and Exhibit

  28 December 2011

Sreisaat blogs about the One Province, One Product Trade and Exhibit in Koh Pich, Cambodia. Some of the featured products were giant cassava crops and squash from Kampong Speu, assorted gemstones from the mine pits of Pailin, and mixed spices from Siem Reap.

Cambodia: Impact of Organic Farming

  28 December 2011

Maylee Thavat studies the impact of organic rice farming and fair trade production in Cambodia. The author warns that it could ‘impose First World consumer ideals and tastes that are out of step with the larger realities of agrarian transition’ in the country

Southeast Asia Indie Music

  28 December 2011

Southeast Asia Indie aims “to unite and promote the great indie scenes in the Southeast Asian Region: Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.” It specializes in releasing free digital mp3 compilations and singles that include indie tracks from the region.

Singapore: MP Apologizes Over ‘Racist’ Remark

  25 December 2011

Singapore MP Seng Han Thong issued a statement of apology after it was reported that he cited the poor English proficiency of Indian and Malay staffs for the unpreparedness of the Singapore's Mass Rapid Transport during emergency situations. Many people criticized the comment for its racist undertone.

Singapore: Train Disruptions Spark Debate

  25 December 2011

Train disruptions marred the operations of Singapore's Mass Rapid Transport this month which inconvenienced thousands of passengers and generated a heated discussion about the quality and efficiency of the country’s transportation system.

Singapore Memory Project

  24 December 2011

irememberSG is part of the Singapore Memory Project, a national initiative to “collect, preserve and provide access to the memories” of a nation which rose to become one of the most prosperous cities in the world.

Indonesia: Solidarity March for Aceh Punks

  24 December 2011

EngageMedia uploads a video of the solidarity march which was organized to support 64 musicians who were detained in Aceh, Indonesia for being “punks” and “disturbing the peace.”

Philippines: State of National Calamity After Tropical Storm Sendong

  23 December 2011

A state of national calamity was declared by the Philippine president after tropical storm Sendong devastated many parts of north Mindanao Island. More than 1,000 people have already died in the flash floods and 1,000 are still missing. Here are some citizen media photos and reports of the flood impact.

Philippines: Storm Leaves Hundreds Dead and Missing

  17 December 2011

Hundreds died in many parts of Mindanao Island in southern Philippines after tropical storm Sendong hit the country last Friday. The casualties could be worse and may even reach more than 600. It’s the worst flooding to hit the north part of Mindanao in many years. Netizens immediately used the web to report about the disaster and to call for support

Vietnam: What’s New at Barcamp Saigon?

  16 December 2011

More than 550 people registered and participated in the fifth Barcamp Saigon last week in RMIT International University, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The attendance surpassed the record number of participants in the last Barcamp Saigon which was held just five months ago.

East Timor: Perceptions of Corruption Index

  16 December 2011

East Timor-based NGO La'o Hamutuk, the Timor-Leste Institute for Development Monitoring and Analysis, writes about Transparency International's latest report on perceptions of corruption in every country in the world. East Timor’s rating slightly slipped this year

Singapore: Latest Job Statistics

  16 December 2011

Leong Sze Hian reviews the report published by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower about the latest job, wage, and other economic indicators. The report mentioned that real average monthly earnings fell this year in Singapore

Singapore: Stories of Migrant Workers

  14 December 2011

The number of foreign workers in Singapore continues to rise but little is known about their working and housing conditions. Curious to know the personal stories of migrant workers in prosperous Singapore, three interns conceptualized the ‘Made by Migrants’ project and documented the daily activities of construction workers for two weeks

Indonesia: Cost of Corruption

  14 December 2011

Colson writes about the cost of corruption in Indonesia. In the past five years, it's estimated that $3.3 billion of government funds were lost to corruption.

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