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Mong Palatino

activist and 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

28 January 2020

From Cox's Bazar to Yangon, poets show solidarity with Rohingya minority in Myanmar

"Myanmar’s oppression dispersed our ethnic minorities, now our poetries bring us together."

22 January 2020

Editor of environmental news platform Mongabay arrested in Indonesia for alleged visa violation

"I am surprised that immigration officials have taken such punitive action against Philip for what is an administrative matter."

20 January 2020

Facebook apologizes for translating Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s name as ‘Mr. Shithole’

"And the president of China, Mr. Shithole, signed a guest record of the house of representatives."

16 January 2020

Despite legal threats and harassment, thousands join the ‘Run Against Dictatorship’ in Thailand

"The reactions by the authorities and intimidation tactics are not just wrong but also absurd. As the country has returned to democracy, no citizen should face such intimidation."

12 January 2020

Victory for labor rights in Cambodia as largest casino workers’ strike ends in peace

Despite the success of the strike, workers could face sanctions for breaching the court order which declared the protest as illegal.

11 January 2020

Thai journalist convicted over a 2017 Twitter post about a labor conflict

Advox

"There is a high level of self-censorship in Thailand… When you forbid freedom of expression… you forbid an open society."

7 January 2020

Fiji netizens say #PlasticFree campaign is misleading

"This whole exercise is to change peoples behaviour, you don't do that by giving them an equally bad alternative."

29 December 2019

Longest internet disruption in Myanmar’s Rakhine state sets dangerous precedent

Advox

"There has been no evidence that the disproportionate decision has had any positive effect on reducing the conflict, which remains pervasive."

20 December 2019

Masterminds behind Ampatuan massacre convicted but campaign against impunity continues in the Philippines

"The past ten years have galvanized us, fortified our ranks. After the massacre, killings of journalists continued. Fifteen of our colleagues have been gunned down under this administration."

18 December 2019

New network of journalists vows to promote press freedom and independent media in Cambodia

"Our free press is insufficiently protected and is under constant threat."

13 December 2019

A new Pacific nation? Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea

"I lost 2 brothers during the crisis, and like countless others, reflect on the legacy of the conflict everyday. May we have a lasting peace."

9 December 2019

#StandWithYuli: Solidarity for deported Indonesian domestic worker Yuli Riswati who covered Hong Kong protests

"We condemn this action which may be intended to intimidate non-permanent residents and deter them from involvement in or documenting and commenting on political events in Hong Kong."

29 November 2019

Melanesian journalists decry growing threats against media freedom

"Melanesian governments cannot pay lip service to international conventions and commitments to democratic freedoms and in the same breath issue orders to clamp down on journalists' right to expression."

15 November 2019

Malaysian writer faces probe after publishing a book about her decision to not wear a hijab

"It is important for us to remind the government that freedom of expression is not a crime and freedom of religious beliefs is not an insult to Islam."

12 November 2019

Vanuatu journalist says his work permit was revoked for criticizing the government

"People will hem and haw and say all kinds of things, but it boils down to this: I spoke out, and was punished for telling the truth."

3 November 2019

Will collective farming by artists save one of Manila's remaining urban fields?

"As peasant advocates aiming at promoting agroecology, we want to participate in agricultural production."

28 October 2019

DreamWorks’ ‘Abominable’ film banned in Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines for showing China’s claim over disputed seas

"We have to engage with them, and they are sensible people...They are just being misled."

22 October 2019

Australian newspapers ‘censor’ their front pages in protest against government secrecy laws

"Journalists and whistleblowers in Australia live in fear of criminal charges, police raids and damaging court battles that threaten their professional careers and personal freedom."

14 October 2019

Thai judge shoots himself in court after alleging political interference in courtroom decisions

"Return rulings to judges. Return justice to people....My statements might hold weight as light as a feather, but a judge’s heart must be as firm as a mountain."

7 October 2019

Filipino teachers hold protest as presidential promise of salary increase remains unfulfilled

"It is now more than three years that Duterte is the President and still the promise of salary increase for teachers is illusive."

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