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Mong Palatino · August, 2012

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, 2012

Thai MP Advice for Women to Marry Foreigners Stirs Controversy

Get a German husband. Get a Swedish husband. Get a Norwegian husband…All you need is a farang husband and their government will pay you to study. This was the advice...

Vietnam: Gay Marriage and Human Rights

The proposal should be cautiously welcomed as a progressive move which grants equality and official acceptance to members of society who have not felt the benefit of these statuses before...

Thailand: Petition to Stop Mae Wong Dam

Please stop this crazy dam project and help maintain valuable tiger habitat in Mae Wong National Park. The statement is from a petition urging the Thailand government to stop the...

Maritime Row with China Forces Philippines to Upgrade Defenses

The tension in the South China Sea has forced the Philippines to review its defense capabilities. In particular its maritime dispute with China boosted the demand to upgrade the country’s...

Philippines: List of National Roads

The Philippine government has uploaded a spreadsheet identifying the quality of the country's national roads. It's also a mechanism for citizens to report and monitor badly paved roads

Myanmar: Mizzima Website Hacked

“We regret to inform you that Mizzima’s websites have come under DDoS attack. Mizzima has received several threats in reference to our coverage of ongoing hostilities in Rakhine State.” Mizzima,...

Philippines: Senator Accused of Plagiarism

A Philippine senator is accused of plagiarism when he delivered a speech without mentioning that he copied several parts of the speech from a blog. The senator, instead of apologizing,...

History of Cambodian Comics

John Weeks created a slideshow presentation about the history of Cambodian comics in the past half century.

Blogs Blocked in Vietnam

Aaron Joel Santos, a blogger in Vietnam, writes about the blocking of numerous blogs in the country: “A lot of blogs seem to be blocked in Vietnam at the moment....

Vietnam: Human Rights Lawyer Attacked

Le Quoc Quan, a human rights lawyer based in Hanoi, Vietnam, was beaten by a group of armed men. Quan believes the attackers could be plainclothes police who wanted to...

Cambodia: Khmer Language Books Now Online

The Digital Library for International Research has made available more than 50 publications of Khmer books and educational materials from Cambodia.

Vietnam: Unpublished Letter of Hồ Chí Minh

Matthew Parsfield discusses the historical importance of the discovery of an unpublished letter of Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam's nationalist hero and statesman.

Malaysia: History of Islamic Education

Azmil Tayeb gives a brief overview of the history of Islamic schools in Malaysia. The author also discussed the role of the state in providing Islamic education in the country.

Cambodia: Promoting LGBT Rights

Nayheak Khun writes about the efforts of some groups in Cambodia to promote the rights of homosexuals.

Indonesian Street Art Database

The Indonesian Street Art Database is a project that documents street art and urban art culture in Indonesia. One of the themes in the past was to promote tolerance in...

Philippines: Floods Hit Metro Manila and Nearby Provinces

Strong rains caused huge floods in many parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the Luzon Island of the Philippines. Manila-based Global Voices editor Mong Palatino gathers photos from...

Thailand: Videos Promoting Healthy Lifestyle

A Thailand health agency has been using creative video ads to promote a healthy lifestyle among Thais. Its recent anti-smoking ad went viral online and was described by many health...

Brunei's First Female Olympian

Delwin Keasberry of Projek Brunei was able to interview Ms Maziah Mahusin, Brunei's first female olympian in the 2012 London Olympics.

Singapore: ‘Transient Workers Count Too’ Website

The ‘Transient Workers Count Too’ website provides research and direct assistance to low-wage migrant workers in Singapore. Their recent initiative was to raise funds for two Chinese workers who were...

Singapore: Crowd-sourced Lesson Plans for Educators

SchoolAsia.org is a newly established website featuring crowd-sourced lesson plans, opinion pieces and events for educators in Asia

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