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Karlo Mikhail Mongaya

Karlo is a bibliophile, social activist, flaneur, literature graduate, and citizen media advocate based in Panay island in the Philippines. Check out hello.lenin!, his blog on books, literature, reading, and politics.

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28 August 2015

Migrant Filipinos and Their Families Tell the Government: ‘Hands Off Our Balikbayan Boxes!’

"The implied accusation that they are out to cheat government is an insult they can never forgive and forget."

13 August 2015

After “Grossly Distorting” UN Views on the Internally Displaced Ata-Manobos, the Philippine Military Apologizes

"The community wishes to return to its lands but stressed that they will only feel safe to do so if the long-term militarization of their region comes to an end."

4 June 2015

‘We're Here for Our Families': Filipino Workers on Strike Share Hopes for Tomorrow

“We are fighting for regularization so that we will not lose our livelihood. This is for all the workers abused by the company.”

29 May 2015

Despite Attacks by Guards and Thugs, These Factory Workers in the Philippines Remain on Strike

About 90 percent of the workforce in the factory are contractuals or temporary workers. The striking workers were violently dispersed by goons reportedly hired by the company.

26 May 2015

Philippines’ Deadliest Ever Factory Fire Linked to Lax Labor Standards

An initial probe reveals that the factory violated several occupational health and safety standards, despite the government's assurances to the contrary.

5 February 2015

Filipinos Ask ‘Where Is the President?’ After He Skips Arrival Honors for Slain Police

Forty-four policemen died in a special operation to capture the alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings. President Aquino attended a car event instead of the arrival honors.

3 February 2015

Philippines Admits Homeless Families Were Taken to a Posh Resort During Pope Francis Visit

But the government insisted that the 'family camp' for homeless families merely coincided with the papal visit.

18 November 2014

Tens of Thousands Demand Justice for Typhoon Haiyan Victims in the Philippines

"They cry every time they retell their stories. And not just because they lost loved ones and what little properties they had during the storm."

17 October 2014

Outrage Over Transgender Woman's Suspected Murder by US Marine in the Philippines

The case has led some in the Philippines to call for the military agreements between their country and the United States to be scrapped.

27 September 2014

Philippine Mall Apologizes For Selling Shirts that Say Rape is a ‘Snuggle with a Struggle’

This week Internet users were also enraged after a female model on a leash was pulled by a man, while she was on all fours, at a fashion show.

9 September 2014

Forget Ice Water. Philippine Commuters Are Challenging Politicians to Ride Public Transport at Rush Hour

Senator Grace Poe took the #MRTChallenge last week while presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte and Edwin Lacierda also followed a few days after.

27 August 2014

‘Citizen Lawmakers’ in the Philippines Are Organizing a Campaign To Do What Politicians Won't: Abolish Pork Barrel

Hundreds of organizations hailing from various sectors have united in a historic attempt to collect enough signatures for a law abolishing the corruption-tainted presidential and congressional pork barrel.

27 July 2014

The Philippines’ ‘Anti-Corruption’ President Is Facing Impeachment Calls Over Accusations of Corruption

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, who won on an anti-corruption platform, is now accused of corruption after one of his fund programs was dismissed by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

5 July 2014

Workers Who Make Your iPhone Possible Are Fighting Labor Abuse in the Philippines With Selfies and Hashtags

The #bringbacknxp24 campaign on social media, which demands fair pay and regular employment, has received support from around the world.

30 June 2014

How the Philippine President Managed to Anger Film Legend Nora Aunor's Legions of Fans

The Filipina actress who starred in one of the most memorable Asian films has been nominated for the National Artist title. But the Philippine president rejected the nomination.

22 June 2014

Student Faces Criminal Charges for Disrupting Philippine President's Speech on Independence Day

A student leader in the Philippines was detained and subsequently charged with two criminal cases for disrupting the Independence Day speech of the President.

18 October 2013

PHOTOS: Hundreds Dead, Historic Churches Destroyed in Philippine Quake

"Our churches may have been destroyed but not our faith" became a popular online message in the Philippines after a strong earthquake hit the central part of the country

27 August 2013

‘Million People March’ Against Corruption in the Philippines

Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos gathered in Manila and several cities in the Philippines to denounce rampant corruption in the government.

15 August 2013

‘Selfies’ Protest Against Philippine Train Fare Hikes

Filipino activists are encouraging commuters and netizens to post "selfies" or self-portraits expressing opposition to train fare hikes.

25 May 2013

Philippine Elections Tainted by Allegations of Automated Fraud

In spite of claims by the Commission on Elections of a peaceful, orderly, and ultimately successful elections, poll watchdogs are alleging that the Philippine midterm polls were tainted by automated...

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