Activist and former two-term member of the Philippine House of Representatives. Blogging since 2004 at mongster's nest. Joined Global Voices in 2006.
Latest posts by Mong Palatino from January, 2012
Thailand: Free Public Wi-Fi Service
The government of Thailand announced that 20,000 free wi-fi spots in Bangkok and its vicinity are already available. The spots are located in government offices, educational institutions, hospitals, and other public places. Another 20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots will be provided later this year.
Myanmar: Video Reporter Released from Prison
A reporter from the Democratic Voice of Burma is among the political prisoners released today by the Myanmar government. The reporter was given an 18-year prison term for documenting a grenade attack in the capital.
Vietnam: 2012 Predictions
Adam Bray lists his predictions for Vietnam's economy, politics, tourism, and environment sectors.
Myanmar: List of Freed Political Prisoners
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners – Burma has uploaded a list of the 34 freed political prisoners in Myanmar. According to the opposition, there are 591 political prisoners in the country.
Myanmar: ‘Cosmetic’ Democratic Reforms
Prof Kanbawza Win warns global leaders not be deceived by the so-called democratic reforms in Myanmar: “The West should not be carried away by some cosmetic reforms and that Burma’s long-ruling military still wields enormous power despite a veneer of democracy provided by the sham elections with a dubious constitution.”
Myanmar: “The Somali pirates keep their promise”
A total of 1,400 prisoners including 33 political prisoners were released from Myanmar prisons this month. Reacting to the non-release of hundreds of political prisoners, activist and former detainee Zarganar Thura posted this statement on facebook: “I once likened the situation of my friends in jail as being in the...
Southeast Asia: The Great Floods of 2011
Storms battered the Southeast Asian region in 2011 which caused heavy flooding in many countries, displaced thousands of residents and workers, destroyed millions worth of agricultural crops, and killed more than 2,000 people. Global Voices was able to report the impact of some of these flood disasters in the past year.
Southeast Asia in 2011: A Year of Protest
#bersih, #bersih2, #bersihstories, #occupydataran, #campoutph, #walk4freedom, #sawangsawa. These are the protest hashtags of the year in Southeast Asia. Global Voices reviews several protest movements in the region in the past year that echoed the radical politics of Arab Spring and Occupy.
Vietnamese Students in the US
Rahul Choudaha notes that the number of Vietnamese students in the United States had grown by more than six times in a decade.
Vietnam: Situation of Sex and Drug Rehabilitation Centers
Anand Grover, the UN's Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights Council, found Vietnam's rehabilitation centers as “ineffective, counterproductive, and a violation to the right of health.” His final report will be released this June
Vietnam: Memorable Statements of Public Officials in 2011
Mai Chi reviews some of the memorable statements made by Vietnamese officials in 2011
Vietnam: Video of a Child Laborer in a Garment Factory
Blue Dragon uploads a short video of a kid working in a garment factory in Central Vietnam.
Top Thai Films of 2011
Wise Kwai's Thai Film Journal lists the top five Thai films of 2011.