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Mong Palatino · July, 2013

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 July, 2013

Slim Majority for Ruling Party in Cambodian Polls

Cambodia's Opposition party may have gained more seats in this year's National Assembly elections but the ruling party, which has been in power in almost three decades, continued to dominate...

Brunei Bans Daytime Dining in Muslim Restaurants

The new directive which surprised many people applies to foreigners and tourists as well during the holy month of Ramadan

INFOGRAPHIC: Singapore Waste Statistics

According to Singapore's National Environment Agency, every person in Singapore generated 1,370 kg of waste in 2012. About 60 percent of the waste were recycled and 40 percent were disposed...

Hazreen Shaik Daud: Malaysia’s First Transgender in Politics

Some netizens described Hazreen's appointment as a "surprisingly courageous, righteous and respectable initiative."

Petition to Amend Vietnam Laws that Restrict Media Freedom

More than 60 Vietnamese bloggers signed a unity statement urging the Vietnam government to improve its human rights record and commitment as it vies for membership in the UN Human...

Vincent Wijeysingha: Singapore’s First Gay Politician

On his Facebook he wrote: I am going to Pink Dot tomorrow. And yes, I am gay.

State of Islam in Southeast Asia

Murray Hunter of the University Malaysia Perlis discusses the situation of Muslim-majority societies in Southeast Asia as well as the issues associated with the rise of Islam in the region....

PHOTO: Fishing in the Polluted Waters of Manila Bay

A fisherman at work on the polluted waters of Manila Bay against the backdrop of the Manila skyline. According to government statistics, fisherfolk comprise the poorest sector in the Philippines

How Vietnam Controls the Press

Asia Sentinel publishes an article written by Pham Doan Trang about the situation of journalists in Vietnam: The press card system is a sophisticated method of controlling reporters. No card,...

Residents Oppose Coal Project in Southern Philippine City

Coal plant could also undermine Davao City’s reputation as Southeast Asia’s first smoke-free city.

Thailand ‘Hitler’ Chicken Story Exposed as Inaccurate

What does the Daily Mail, The Sun, Bangkok Post, Time, Gawker, MSN Money, Huffington Post have in common? They all published a story about the existence of ‘Hitler’ Fried Chicken...

PHOTO: “Go Bald for a Cause” in Brunei

“Go Bald for a Cause”, a charity event to benefit the Brunei Breast Cancer Support Group. “The act of shaving their heads will also aid in creating public awareness on...

Riau, Indonesia: ‘Ground Zero’ of Southeast Asia Haze

The deadly haze which swept Singapore and some parts of Malaysia this year was caused by the forest fires in Riau, Indonesia. Naturally, it attracted significant mainstream media attention but...

Hundreds Escape in Indonesia Prison Break

Garment Factory Map in Cambodia

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights has launched a map of garment factories in Cambodia. The map provides details of each factory including location, nationality of the owner, and number...

Should Foreign Reporters Learn Bahasa?

DC Guy observes that most foreign correspondents in Indonesia have little knowledge of the local situation: They can't understand the TV. They can't understand the radio. They can't read local...

50 Million Kids Without Birth Certificates

Michelle Unwin highlights the need to provide birth certificates to Indonesia's street kids. She cited a report which says that only nine to 22 percent of street children have birth...

Mafia Hukum, the Law Mafia in Indonesia

Indonesia Law Online tackles Mafia Hukum or Law Mafia in Indonesia and the campaign to end corruption in the judiciary : Mafia Hukum, the Indonesian term for the blocks of...

Online Resources to Monitor Cambodian Elections

On July 28, Cambodian voters will decide whether to end or extend the 28-year rule of the Cambodian People’s Party as the nation prepares for its fifth National Assembly elections...

Philippines: Dengue Vector Surveillance Map

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