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Mong Palatino

activist and two-term member of the philippine house of representatives. blogging since 2004 at mongster's nest.

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15 February 2016

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."

13 February 2016

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

Global Voices Advocacy

"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."

11 February 2016

The Troubling Rise of Internet-Related Arrests in Cambodia

Global Voices Advocacy

"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."

6 February 2016

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."

4 February 2016

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."

21 January 2016

Vintage Postcards Show Life in Vietnam in the Early 20th Century

The postcards are part of the digital collection of The New York Public Library, which recently released more than 180,000 digitized items into the public domain.

13 January 2016

This Group Exposes Social Woes and Promotes Philippine Culture Through Street Art

"Doing street art is our way of bringing 'ART' closer to the masses. It is special for us because it's where the purest intention of an artist can be seen."

9 January 2016

‘You Just Need To Be White To Win’ Ad Denounced as Racist in Thailand

"Thai advert says you can be a winner if you have white skin. This is the most racist advert I've ever seen."

8 January 2016

These Calendars Can Get You Into Trouble in Thailand and Myanmar

"Who would've thought that mere act of taking photo with calendar could be an act of resistance?"

1 January 2016

For Southeast Asia, 2015 Was a Year of Corruption Scandals

A look back at some of the biggest corruption scandals that made news in the Southeast Asian region in 2015.

30 December 2015

One of 2015's Biggest Political Scandals Ends in the Indonesian House Speaker's Resignation

"Indonesia’s public was able to witness, in fascinating and nauseating detail, the mechanics of rent seeking at the highest level."

24 December 2015

Is Christmas Really Banned in Brunei?

Yes and no. Non-Muslims can celebrate in their homes and places of worship. And as one netizen commented, "Why is the supposed Christmas 'ban' only reaching Western media now?"

21 December 2015

Public Uproar in Cambodia After City Government ‘Whitewashes’ US Artist's Mural

"The Cambodian government is sending a clear message that public art will not be tolerated. Either that or they just spat out their dummy in the most fastidious way possible."

13 December 2015

How Activists in Southeast Asia Celebrated Human Rights Day

The theme of justice resonated across Southeast Asia as activist groups highlighted their governments' human rights violations and other abuses.

9 December 2015

Cambodians March for Land, Justice and Human Rights Despite Government Restrictions

Protests are now banned at the Phnom Penh freedom park, but Cambodian activists from the provinces continue to march towards the capital in order to celebrate International Human Rights Day.

6 December 2015

American Bombs Made It Inaccessible, But Viewing This Historical Site in Laos Is Possible Again Thanks to Drones

"The mysterious plain of jars in Northeastern Laos is still one of the biggest uninvestigated archaeological sites in Southeast Asia."

2 December 2015

After Naysayers Call Him ‘Lewd’, Singaporeans Voice Their Support for American Singer Adam Lambert

"Singaporeans can enjoy a good show without their consciences being affronted by lewd acts in the name of entertainment."

29 November 2015

Will Indonesia’s Police Circular on Hate Speech Suppress Freedom of Expression?

Global Voices Advocacy

"This hands the police a powerful weapon, allowing it to decide what can and cannot be categorized as hate speech, and is absolutely problematic and dangerous."

26 November 2015

Singaporeans Can Now Legally Own and Read ‘Fanny Hill’, but Playboy Is Still Banned

The government lifted the ban for 240 publications but 17 titles remain prohibited for being obscene or contrary to public interest.

18 November 2015

Authorities Don't Like This Infographic Showing Why Thailand's Royal Insult Law Needs Reform

Military authorities summoned an editor of the Prachatai news website over the infographic, which they deemed "vague and might cause misunderstanding" in Thailand.

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