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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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2 June 2016

Cambodia’s ‘Black Monday’ Campaign Seeks Freedom for Detained Human Rights Activists

"The government’s fear of people wearing colors is ludicrous. Authorities targeted us just for wearing a black T-shirt, which is a peaceful expression of dissent."

1 June 2016

Cambodia's Government Mistakes Singapore for Libya in Video Warning Against ‘Excessive Civil Rights’

"The goal of this video is clearly to intimidate ordinary people from the full and peaceful exercise of their human rights."

29 May 2016

Myanmar Wants the World to Stop Using the Word Rohingya for Persecuted Ethnic Group

"Rather than arguing over terminology, it is crucial to initiate a dialogue between the Buddhist majority and Muslim minority and negotiate a lasting solution."

18 May 2016

Filipino Farmers Hit by El Niño Are Protesting and Demanding Food Aid

"We can look for alternative crops to plant. But right now there is simply nothing – just hectares of dust that even weed won’t grow on."

17 May 2016

Singaporeans Are Urged to Eat Less Rice, As Fears Grow About Links to Diabetes

Does eating rice pose a greater risk of diabetes that consuming sugar? Singaporeans are duking it out over this very question.

9 May 2016

Animals Can't Escape Cambodia's Worst Drought in 50 Years, Either

Water shortages have been declared in 18 of Cambodian's 25 provinces, and more than 2.5 million Cambodians in 100 districts are affected by the drought.

2 May 2016

‘Not One More’ Network Calls for Protection of Grassroots Environmentalists in Cambodia

"Protecting our environment is the most important job anyone could take on, it shouldn’t be one of the most dangerous."

29 April 2016

Cambodia Cancels Screening of Film About Murdered Environmentalist Chut Wutty

"This ban provides yet another example of Cambodia's pervasive culture of impunity, and the lengths that the government will go to preserve it."

26 April 2016

After Weeks of Scorching Heat, Myanmar Is Hit by the Worst Hailstorm in 50 Years

Strong winds struck Mandalay, Sagaing, and the states of Shan and Chin, while hailstones as big as golf balls rained down on these regions.

24 April 2016

Visit a Virtual Exhibit of Jewels Confiscated from the Former Philippines Dictator's Family

The confiscated jewelry items in this collection are "tangible reminders of the insidious evil of plunder and dictatorship during the Martial Law."

23 April 2016

Malaysia Will Likely Force ‘Political Blogs’ and News Websites to Register With the Government

Global Voices Advocacy

Human rights groups and media freedom advocates denounced the proposal as a curtailment of free speech, adding that the move reverses Malaysia's earlier stated commitment to promoting Internet freedom.

15 April 2016

Cambodian Human Rights Group Criticizes Telecoms Law

Global Voices Advocacy

Some observers suspect that the law reflects the ruling party's desire to stifle online discussions as elections approach in 2017 and 2018.

8 April 2016

Photos: Protesting Farmers Asking for Rice Violently Dispersed by Police in the Philippines

The hashtag #BigasHindiBala (Rice not bullets) trended in the Philippines after police violently dispersed protesting farmers who were demanding food from the government.

4 April 2016

Posting Photos of Red Bowls on Facebook Is Now Deemed Seditious by the Thai Junta

Global Voices Advocacy

"The Thai junta’s fears of a red plastic bowl show its intolerance of dissent has reached the point of absolute absurdity."

2 April 2016

Meet the Filipino Scientist Who Invented the Videophone in 1954

"Before there was Skype and FaceTime, a Filipino scientist invented a television-telephone."

31 March 2016

Thailand Stops Journalist From Attending World Press Freedom Day in Finland

"If junta thinks forbidding me to travel abroad would silence me then they're mistaken. I will continue to scrutinize and criticize them."

23 March 2016

Seen Southeast Asia From a Bird’s Eye? Try an Astronaut’s Lens

Southeast Asia’s capital cities are among the most photographed and famous destinations in the world. But what do they look like from space?

18 March 2016

Colorized Photos Show Street Scenes of Vietnam, Singapore, and the Philippines During the 20th Century

Take a nostalgic trip to the past by checking out these hand-colored photos of vintage street scenes in the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam.

13 March 2016

How Cambodian Politics Became a Battle for Facebook ‘Likes’

"These instructions clearly show that the ruling party pushing to create fake Facebook accounts in order to provide artificial 'likes' to the [Prime Minister's] Facebook page."

11 March 2016

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Scored a Trending Hashtag, But Not For the Reasons He Hoped

Prime Minister Najib Razak is battling corruption charges at home, but online he's basking in a new hashtag campaign. Except the #RespectMyPM movement didn't trend for the reasons Najib hoped.

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