Raymond 'Mong' Palatino is President of the Kabataan (Youth) Party and a member of the House of Representatives in the Philippines. He is a regular blogger and Global Voices regional editor for Southeast Asia and Oceania.
Governments are spending vast sums to reduce crushing poverty. While the cause is a noble one the reasoning and approach may be faulty.
Surveillance cameras at internet cafés, harsh accountability standards for webmasters and the specter of self-censorship have many questioning the future of Internet freedom.
The hostage crisis has left Philippines President Benigno Aquino with some awkward choices, says Filipino lawmaker Mong Palatino.
Wracked by droughts, floods and simmering tensions, Asia’s governments need a more co-ordinated approach to water crises.
South-east Asian governments are increasingly censoring ‘immoral’ web content. Do they have political motivations as well?
Will the visiting Thai leader be inspired by Benigno Aquino’s smooth accession to the presidency in the Philippines?
Thailand’s Red and Yellow Shirts act like sworn enemies. But there are more similarities than they’d be willing to admit.