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Mong Palatino · February, 2016

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 February, 2016

The Malaysian Insider News Website Blocked by Authorities for Posting ‘Unverified’ Report on Government Corruption

"Such unilateral action could also be construed as an attempt to intimidate the media against running critical news reports."

An Exiled Scholar Says Thailand's Junta Is Harassing His Family

"I already found this injustice unbearable. But to go after my family who had nothing to do with me — this is absolutely unacceptable."

The Racist Portrayal of the Philippines in Historical Cartoons as US Troops Invaded

The cartoons portrayed Filipinos as uncivilized people who needed to be educated by the invading United States army.

Teenager's Death After Police Questioning Leads to Review of Crime Investigation Procedure in Singapore

"We find it absurd that while public spaces are heavily surveilled with security cameras, interrogation rooms are not fitted with any cameras to allow for transparency of the interrogation process."

Malaysian Police Threaten Internet Users for Sharing Clown Memes of Prime Minister

"Public scrutiny is part of the democratic process that serves as the foundation of Malaysia. Satirical images and comments made against government official[s] should not be considered as a crime."

The Troubling Rise of Internet-Related Arrests in Cambodia

"They do plainly illustrate a deeply troubling trend, whereby those who criticize the political elite are routinely being arrested for expressing their views on social media."

These Speed Drawing Videos Promote Tolerance and Women Empowerment in Indonesia

"With the spread of extremist doctrines targeting vulnerable youth, the need for alternative messages to violent intolerance that celebrate Indonesia’s spirit of pluralism and unity in diversity is increasingly urgent."

Colorized Photos Show Manila in Ruins After the Second World War

"100,000 Filipinos perished, government buildings lay in ruins—and Manila was Pearl of the Orient no more."

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