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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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30 June 2015

Jailed in Singapore for Criticizing a Former Prime Minister, But Still Blogging

Global Voices Advocacy

"Everyday my cellmates would eagerly wait for that light to dissipate, knowing that another day has passed, and they’re one day closer to attaining their freedom."

28 June 2015

‘Transitioning Cambodia’ Photo Book Illustrates Cambodia’s Uneven Development

"People tell us they are happy there is a book that looks at Cambodia as it is—not just the temples of Angkor or photos of children riding an oxcart."

22 June 2015

Pope Francis’ Call to ‘Hear Both the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor’ Resonates in the Philippines

Environmentalists in the country also called on the Vatican to divest from fossil fuels.

16 June 2015

Pink Dot Rally for LGBT Rights Gathers 28,000 People in Singapore

"We believe everyone deserves the freedom to love, and the freedom to be themselves."

8 June 2015

Big Brother Mouse and an Elephant: Innovative Ways of Delivering Books in Laos

"At book parties we read aloud, play games, sing songs about books, and give every child a book of their own, usually the first one they ever owned."

23 May 2015

Thailand Police Detains Student Protesters During Coup Anniversary

"We cannot build a democratic society if we lack freedom, liberty, rights, justice, and reconciliation."

19 May 2015

Despite Protests, Malaysia Still Plans to Build a Mega Dam That Could Displace 20,000 Indigenous People

"It is built for the benefit of others rather than those who live in Baram and for the long term good of the Baram."

15 May 2015

Global Voices Partners With Thai News Site Prachatai

Prachatai, which means 'free people' in Thai, is an independent online newspaper in Thailand that has defied authorities by making a stand against martial law.

14 May 2015

‘They Belong in the Classroom, Not in Prison': Myanmar's Detained Student Protesters

"They belong in the classroom, not in prison. That's why I painted their portraits."

9 May 2015

Philippines Deports Thai Worker for Insulting Filipinos on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

Some Filipinos in Thailand criticized the deportation: "Offensive, hateful and downright irresponsible as [the remarks] are, they were not criminal."

8 May 2015

Singapore Shuts Down News Website on World Press Freedom Day

Global Voices Advocacy

"The (government's) draconian measures...legitimize excessive intervention by the state and set a precedent for the diminution of our online space."

3 May 2015

Workers Celebrate Labor Day by Joining Street Protests Across Southeast Asia

Tens of thousands of workers across the region trooped to the streets to demand higher wages, benefits, and other improvements amid rising living costs.

1 May 2015

Filipino Workers’ Lives in Paintings by Antipas ‘Biboy’ Delotavo

A visual artist exposes the troubling impact of poverty, oppression, colonialism, and injustice in the Philippines.

27 April 2015

Southeast Asian Activists Unite in ‘People’s Walk’ Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Summit

More than 1,000 activists and leaders from various civil society organizations across Southeast Asia declared their position on human rights and growing economic inequality.

21 April 2015

Singaporean Teenager Arrested for Making Videos Deemed ‘Offensive’

Global Voices Advocacy

"Apart from the problems of using handcuffs on minors, is this really a proportional response to a YouTube video?"

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