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Mong Palatino · September, 2014

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 September, 2014

Pope Francis will Visit the “Ground Zero’ of Typhoon Haiyan Disaster in the Philippines

The official logo and website related to the Philippine visit of Pope Francis in January 2015 have been unveiled already. Pope Francis will visit Manila and Tacloban. Tacloban is the...

Laos Joins Southeast Asian Neighbors in Imposing Stricter Internet Controls

The new law will criminalize online criticism of government policies and outlaw "Spreading information that distorts truth or tarnishes the dignity and rights of individuals, sectors, institutions and organizations."

Wanna Learn the Khmer Language? Check Out this Audio Dictionary

Kheng.Info is a useful portal to learn Khmer, the official language of Cambodia. Aside from word translation, the website also offers an audio recording of Khmer words which is helpful...

Film Shows How a Malaysian Tribe is Stopping Loggers from Destroying their Land

Sunset Over Selungo is a 30-minute film documenting how the indigenous Penan tribe is defending the remaining rainforest of Borneo island in Malaysia. Borneo is the largest island in Asia....

Singapore Bans Film Featuring Political Exiles Saying it ‘Undermines National Security’

The Singapore government considers the interview with exiled activists and aging communists as a threat to national security

Cambodian Garment Workers Are Pressuring H&M, Walmart and Zara to Make Their Suppliers Pay a Living Wage

The workers are demanding a monthly minimum wage of 177 US dollars. A previous strike in January was the target of a violent crackdown that left five workers dead.

Thailand’s Prime Minister Apologizes for Suggesting Bikinis Raise the Murder Rate Among Tourists

Thailand's Prime Minister has had to apologize for a sexist gaffe following the murder of two British tourists.

Digital Library of Traditional Philippine Healing Practices

Initiated by several government agencies, the Philippine Traditional Knowledge Digital Library on Health (TKDL-Health) seeks to document and digitize indigenous health practices in the country. The communities, characteristically living in...

Using Mobile Phones to Connect Pregnant Women and Midwives in Timor Leste

Liga Inan is using mobile phones to connect pregnant women and health workers in Timor Leste. The innovative program provides mothers with vital information and health advice to ensure the...

Criticizing the Government Could Get You Arrested in Malaysia. Is it Time to Repeal the Sedition Act?

The law was passed in 1948 and it has been used ever since to harass the opposition

Bamboo, Launch, Compound and Other English Words Borrowed from Malaysia

Writing for Coconuts KL, Lai Chee Seng listed 10 common English words which have Malaysian roots. For example, bamboo derived from the Malay word mambu or samambu, compound came from...

Search and Destroy Mission for the 80 Million “Bombies” in Laos

Al Jazeera's 101 East episode tackles the efforts of women workers in Laos to find and destroy unexploded cluster bombs dropped by the United States during the Vietnam War era....

East Timor’s “Repressive” Media Law Declared Unconstitutional

East Timor journalists and human rights groups scored partial victory when the Court of Appeal ruled that the Press Law passed by parliament last May is unconstitutional.

‘Anti-Selfie Bill’ Breeds Discontent in the Philippines

A proposed bill in the Philippines would make it illegal to photograph anyone -- even public officials -- without their permission.

New Spider Species in Borneo Named After Missing Activist

A new spider species in Borneo discovered by Swiss scientists was named after Bruno Manser, an environmentalist who went missing in the state of Sarawak in Malaysia in 2000. Bruno...

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