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Mong Palatino · August, 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 August, 2013

Crowdsourcing Malaysia’s 2014 Budget

Through the #bajet2014 website, Malaysians can give specific ideas in drafting the government's 2014 budget. They can also use the special page to approve or reject a particular proposal

How Vietnam Got its Name

Campaigning for a Smoke-Free Southeast Asia

Review of several anti-smoking campaigns in Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Plus an advisory from Philippine health authorities against the dangers of promoting e-cigarettes

Online Reporting of Bribery in Thailand

PHOTOS: Protest Against LPG Price Hike in Thailand

Government claims the increase in cooking gas prices would ease the tax burden of motorists but consumers are worried about its impact on the cost of living in the country

Prison Overcrowding in Indonesia

Bicycles in Vietnam

PHOTOS: Record High Floods in Philippine Capital

Tropical storm Trami struck the Philippines and caused massive flooding in Manila and nearby provinces. More than half a million persons were affected by the storm

More Religion, Less Science in Indonesia School Reform

The teaching of Science and English language at the primary level will be merged with core subjects such as Bahasa Indonesia, nationalism and religious studies

VIDEO: Father of Jailed Vietnamese Blogger Speaks About his Case

Whistleblower Protection Urged to Fight Corruption in East Timor

Remembering the 1988 Student Revolt in Myanmar

Thousands Shave Their Heads for Cancer Awareness in Singapore

The head shaving event that aims to raise funds and promote awareness on childhood cancer attracted more than 6,000 participants.

PHOTOS: Oil Spill in Thailand's Samet Island

Oil spill reached a popular tourist destination aside from causing marine pollution. Environment groups claimed there was little disclosure on the impact of the disaster

VIDEOS: Vietnam’s Pride March 2013

Vietnam will soon deliberate the proposal to legalize same sex marriage. But are LGBT issues being properly addressed?

Kuryente: Philippine Electricity App

Massive Fraud Haunts Cambodian Elections

But opposition gained more seats and young people actively campaigned for change

Will Vietnam’s New Internet Decree Ban Sharing of Online News?

The government claims the decree is aimed only at protecting copyright but critics describe it as "the harshest offensive against freedom of information”

Stop Black Sand Mining in Biodiverse, Idyllic Philippine Island!

Singapore Media and Censorship

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